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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend
In case you haven’t heard, “Avengers: Infinity War” is heading towards an opening weekend that could end all opening weekends.

The Marvel superhero adventure is eyeing a debut weekend of $225 million to $245 million, with a possibility of even crossing the $250 million mark. If numbers reach the end of that range, “Infinity War” could have one of the biggest debuts of all time. The hefty launch should go a long way to justify its wildly expensive price tag of somewhere from $300 million to $400 million.

As of now, the biggest opening weekend of all time belongs to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which bowed with $248 million in 2015 and went on to make over $936.6 million domestically. Only five films in history have hit the $200 million mark in their debuts.

“Infinity War” picks up two years after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” with the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy
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Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Netflix Announces Follow Up Series; Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis Return

Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City: Netflix Announces Follow Up Series; Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis Return
Netflix is heading to San Francisco. Today, the streaming service announced they've ordered a follow-up series to Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. Based on the novels of Maupin, the original 1993 miniseries followed a group of people living in San Francisco during the 1970s and '80s. The cast included Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, Barbara Garrick, Thomas Gibson, and Billy Campbell. The series spawned two sequels, More Tales of the City (1998) and Further Tales of the City (2001).
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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]

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Antoine Fuqua talks potential for a Morbius or Blade film at CinemaCon [Exclusive]
While at CinemaCon, we had the chance to sit down and talk to director Antoine Fuqua for his upcoming sequel, The Equalizer 2 and posed the question about tackling the comic book genre after making waves in the action and crime thriller genre. Fuqua said he was approached for Morbius: The Living Vampire at Sony as he's a Spider-Man villain primarily. Here's what he had to say:
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Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage

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Will Smith’s Genie Unleashed in Early ‘Aladdin’ Footage
Will Smith’s take on a beloved Disney character came into focus on Tuesday, during the studio’s presentation to U.S. movie theater owners at CinemaCon.

Disney distribution executive Cathleen Taff showed exhibitors a behind-the-scenes package from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live adaptation of “Aladdin” — the first time anyone has seen Smith step into the role made famous by the voice work of Robin Williams.

“To state the obvious, no one could replicate the iconic performance of Robin Williams,” Taff said.
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Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo

Alden Ehrenreich Has a 3-Movie Deal as Han Solo
It looks like we may be seeing more young Han Solo showing up in the future. Alden Ehrenreich is set to portray the legendary smuggler in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which arrives in theaters next month. While there are a lot of questions marks about that movie specifically and the future of the Star Wars franchise, Lucasfilm is prepared to bring Ehrenreich back as Han Solo, as the actor has confirmed he has a three movie deal with the studio.

Alden Ehrenreich has some very big shoes to fill. Really, it's hard to imagine bigger shoes to fill than taking up the mantle of Harrison Ford's Han Solo, but that's what the 28-year-old actor has on his shoulders. In a recent interview leading up to the release of Solo, Ehrenreich was asked about his deal with Lucasfilm. He was clearly a bit unsure if he was supposed to
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'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon

'Jack Ryan,' Starring John Krasinski, Scores Early Season 2 Renewal at Amazon
Amazon Studios is taking advantage of the buzz around A Quiet Place star John Krasinski.

Months ahead of its series debut, the streamer and retail giant has handed out an early second season renewal for Krasinski-fronted series Jack Ryan.

Not set to premiere until Aug. 31, the eight-episode drama is based on Tom Clancy's popular CIA books. Krasinski stars as the titular character in the drama that follows Ryan as he uncovers a pattern in terrorist communication that launches him into the center of a dangerous gambit with a new breed of terrorism that threatens destruction on a global scale.

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Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red

Rumor: Disney Reportedly Looking To Cast Brie Larson in Snow White Spinoff Film Rose Red
According to a new rumor, Disney is developing a new live-action Snow White spinoff film called Rose Red and they are looking to cast Captain Marvel star Brie Larson in the lead role. It seems like another role that she would be perfect for.

The story is a revisionist take that transposes Rose Red into the Snow White tale, making her a key player in the later moments of the classic story. When Snow White takes a bite from the iconic poison apple and falls into her Sleeping Death, her estranged sister, Rose Red, must undertake a dangerous quest with Grumpy and the other dwarfs to find a way to break the curse and bring Snow White back to life.

This is definitely an interesting and fresh cinematic approach to taking on the classic fairytale. There's no director attached to the project yet, but apparently, the studio is currently on the hunt for one.
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Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle Sequel Confirmed For Christmas 2019 and Dwayne Johnson Will Return
Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman confirmed at CinemaCon that the upcoming sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be released in theaters on Christmas 2019. He also confirmed that Dwayne Johnson will return to reprise his role and Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan are also expected to return but that hasn't been confirmed.

Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was a huge success for Sony Pictures. It's made over $956 million dollars, and it recently became Sony's highest grossing domestic release of all time beating out Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Audiences loved this movie and the studio betting that they will all return for a sequel. The upcoming film is already in development and is being written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. There's no director attached to the film yet, but Jake Kasdan directed the Welcome To The Jungle film. I imagine the studio will try to bring the director back on board if they can.
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50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle

50 Cent’s ‘The Oath’ Renewed for Season 2 by Sony Crackle
Updated: “The Oath,” the L.A.-set crime drama from executive producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, is returning for a second season on Sony Crackle, the streaming network announced along with other news from its upfront presentation.

According to Sony, “The Oath” season 1 — which premiered March 8 with the bingeable release of all 10 episodes — has been Crackle’s most-watched original series ever and currently has the highest viewer-retention rate. Sony didn’t release specific metrics, however.

The Oath” explores the secret underworld of gang crime rings — in which the members who make the cut take a pledge to do whatever it takes
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‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks

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‘SNL’ Star Aidy Bryant to Star in Hulu Comedy From Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks
Lorne Michaels, Elizabeth Banks and Aidy Bryant are teaming up with Hulu to adapt Lindy West’s memoir “Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman” as a comedy series, an individual with knowledge of the production tells TheWrap.

The “SNL” star is set to lead the single-camera comedy, which is currently in development.

West’s — a comedian and blogger — book is about of a fat young woman who wants to change her life, but not her body.

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Creators West, Bryant and Ali Rushfield penned the script for the comedy, which will be produced by Andrew Singer for Michaels’ Broadway Video banner (but will be produced outside of the “SNL” boss’ home at Universal Television). Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman will also executive produce via Brownstone Productions under their deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Banks first optioned the TV rights for “Shrill” back in December 2016.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.

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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case

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Allison Mack Released on $5 Million Bail in Sex Trafficking Case
Bail for “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was set at $5 million in a Tuesday hearing at Brooklyn Federal Court as she was released to serve home detention.

Mack was indicated on April 19 on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy in New York federal court. She appeared before Magistrate Viktor V. Pohorelsky at the Brooklyn courthouse in New York’s Eastern District.

The expectation is that Mack is cutting a deal with prosecutors to provide information against NXIUM founder Keith Raniere, who was arrested last month in Mexico and remains in federal custody. A bail hearing for Raniere is set for next week.

Her mother, Melinda Mack, was in court and put up her home in Los Alamitos, Calif. as collateral for the bail, in addition to property and a bank account owned by Allison Mack. The actress accused of helping run a secretive sex cult appeared
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Mia Farrow Didn’t Want Dylan Farrow to Talk About Woody Allen Sex Abuse Claims

Mia Farrow Didn’t Want Dylan Farrow to Talk About Woody Allen Sex Abuse Claims
Mia Farrow expanded on the tumultuous year her children have had, revealing that she originally didn’t want her daughter Dylan to go public with her story of alleged abuse at the hands of Farrow’s ex-partner Woody Allen.

“I just wanted it all to go away,” Farrow said at the Time 100 gala Tuesday night. “I did not want to resurrect — it was a horrible chapter for all of us, but I also understood and respected that she needed to do that and she wanted to be part of the Me Too movement and have her voice heard.”

Dylan Farrow’s accusations against her father first came to light during Farrow and Allen’s split in the ’90s; she spoke about them for the first time publicly in 2014, and then wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times in December 2017 questioning why the now-popular Me Too movement had left out Allen.
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Hank Azaria Says He’s ‘Happy and Willing to Step Aside’ as Voice of Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ (Video)

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Hank Azaria Says He’s ‘Happy and Willing to Step Aside’ as Voice of Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ (Video)
Three weeks after an episode of “The Simpsons” tried — and failed — to quell criticism of the character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Hank Azaria, who voices Apu on the animated series, says he is willing to step down from the role to make things right.

Appearing on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to promote his IFC series “Brockmire,” Azaria said he’s “given this a lot of thought, and as I say my eyes have been opened. I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel, how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it [is].

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Azaria added that “listening to voices means inclusion in the writer’s room. I really want to see Indians, South Asian writers in the room. Not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take. Including how it is voiced, or not voiced.”

“I’m perfectly happy and willing to step aside,” Azaria continued. “or help transition it into something new. I really hope that’s what ‘The Simpsons’ does, it not only makes sense, it just feels like the right thing to do to me.”

Watch the clip below:

.@HankAzaria addresses the controversy surrounding the character ‘Apu’ from @TheSimpsons. #Lssc #Apu #TheSimpsons pic.twitter.com/pkmYgcX4Il

The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) April 25, 2018

Criticism of the character intensified in 2017 with the release of “The Problem With Apu” a documentary by filmmaker Hari Kondabolu that studied the effects of negative stereotypes perpetuated by the character.

On Twitter, Kondabolu thanked Azaria for his remarks.

Thank you, @HankAzaria. I appreciate what you said & how you said it. https://t.co/Otmxygf3DP

— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) April 25, 2018

Also Read: 'Simpsons' Showrunner Promises to Seek 'Popular' and 'Right' Solution to Apu Problem

This isn’t Azaria’ first time addressing the criticism. Earlier this year at TCA’s winter conference, Azaria talked about having seen the documentary and said at the time “The idea that anybody, young or old, past or present, was bullied or teased or worse based on the character of Apu … it’s distressing.”

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Hank Azaria Says He’s Willing to ‘Step Aside’ From Controversial Apu Role

Hank Azaria Says He’s Willing to ‘Step Aside’ From Controversial Apu Role
On Tuesday’s episode of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Hank Azaria addressed the controversy over one of the “Simpsons” characters he voices, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

Apu’s portrayal came under scrutiny after the documentary “The Problem with Apu” brought attention to the stereotypical depiction of Indian immigrants that the character presents.

“I think the most important thing is to listen to Indian people and their experience with it,” Azaria said. “I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the writers room…including how [Apu] is voiced or not voiced. I’m perfectly willing to step aside. It just
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Melissa McCarthy Snorts Ecstasy With Sex Crazed Puppets in ‘Happytime Murders’

Melissa McCarthy Snorts Ecstasy With Sex Crazed Puppets in ‘Happytime Murders’
Melissa McCarthy snorting ecstasy with a bunch of sex-crazed muppet castoffs was the foul-mouthed highlight of Stx’s CinemaCon presentation on Tuesday night.

The Happytime Murders,” the film in question, seems certain to shatter quite a number of childhood memories and taboos, and presents the newbie studio with perhaps its best chance at major box office success. McCarthy produces and headlines the hard R comedy, which is directed by Brian Henson, the head of the Jim Henson Company and a puppeteer in his own right. Footage from the film featured puppets offering oral sex to McCarthy, cursing like teamsters, and, in one uproarious scene, ejaculating all over a dingy office. The whole thing makes “Ted” look like “Fraggle Rock.”

Since launching in 2014, Stx has struggled at times to find its footing. It scored with the “Bad Moms” movies and “The Foreigner,” but other pictures such as “Free State of Jones
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Stx Previews Female-Fronted Features, R-Rated Puppets at CinemaCon

Stx Previews Female-Fronted Features, R-Rated Puppets at CinemaCon
Melissa McCarthy and a group of puppets that would very likely be rejected from Sesame Street elicited a big response during Stx's CinemaCon presentation on Tuesday.

The very R-rated trailer for The Happytime Murders featured graphic puppet sex and McCarthy snorting ecstasy through a piece of licorice, as well as copious amounts of puppet homicides. Brian Henson (son of Jim) directed the movie that centers on a foul-mouthed cop (McCarthy) and her puppet partner who are tasked with uncovering the identify of a serial killer targeting puppets.

The text in the trailer warned, “No Sesame. All Street.”

The Happytime Murders, out August...
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Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Happytime Murders': Gritty, Gross, Hilarious First Look

Melissa McCarthy’s ‘The Happytime Murders': Gritty, Gross, Hilarious First Look
Melissa McCarthy’s dark puppet satire “The Happytime Murders” was intriguing on announcement last year, but American movie theater owners got a significant look at what they’re in for during CinemaCon’s closing presentation on Tuesday.

Directed by Brian Henson (son of Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets) and unveiled during Stx Films’ turn on stage, McCarthy’s puppet romp is as dirty, violent and outrageously funny as any individual genre title we’ve seen thus far.

McCarthy plays a human detective with a puppet partner, a rough trailer played for the exhibitors showed, who go off in search of justice for some fallen colleagues.

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Solicitation (“You looking for some rotten cotton?” one of the grimier sex workers taunts), oral sex offers for less than a dollar, freebasing ecstasy through Twizzlers and brass-kunckle street fights were all included. And all of that was perpetrated by the puppets.

The closing scene featured a lengthy male puppet’s orgasm that resulted in quite a bit of silly string. It’s serious raunch to be coupled with the company who produced the beloved Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. But the theater owners were screaming for it.

Read the full “Happytime Murders” synopsis:

Set in the underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist, “The Happytime Murders” tells the comedic tale of two clashing detectives, one human and the other a puppet, who are forced to work together to solve the mystery of who is brutally murdering the former cast of “The Happytime Gang,” a beloved classic puppet show.

Henson Alternative and On the Day Productions produce alongside Stx.

Todd Berger, Dee Robertson, Erich and John Hoeber wrote the script which also got a pass from Melissa McCarthy. The film will hit theaters this October.

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Boss Thinks World Would ‘Be a Better Place’ if Show Wasn’t so Relevant

(Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead unless you’ve seen all of Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale.”)

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 1 couldn’t have come at a better — or worse? — time in America.

Bruce Miller’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel struck a chord with fans and critics alike when it debuted in 2017. Viewers couldn’t help but see the parallels between the totalitarian regime in Gilead (a fictional future version of the United States) and the actions and beliefs expressed by then newly-elected President Donald Trump and people associated with his administration.

Then the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements began and the Elisabeth Moss-led series became a part of discussions about sexual misconduct and women’s rights.

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Now, with the sophomore installment of “The Handmaid’s Tale” dropping on the streaming service Wednesday, TheWrap asked executive producer Warren Littlefield if the constant talk of how “relevant” the Emmy-winning drama is in our political and social climate keeps it from being appreciated on its own.

“I think Margaret’s book could have been adapted and been a good adaptation any time,” Littlefield said. “Any time in the last 30 years it could have been powerful television. It wouldn’t play on network. But it’s such a powerful conceptualization. And a brilliant one. And of course particularly with #MeToo and #TimesUp, the struggle for human rights and feminist rights is so much a part of the fabric of what Margaret created and what we’re doing and that’s a part of our every day existence — only magnified in a Trumpian world. So we get it! We wish that we weren’t so relevant, because the world would maybe be a better place. But we are.”

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“We find ourselves a part of the conversation, we find ourselves part of the resistance,” Littlefield continued. “Women are dressing as handmaids and using that as a form of protest, all over the United States and now all over the world. So that’s pretty amazing to be a part of that, that our show is being talked about in such a powerful way. So first and foremost we better do a good dramatic television show. We’re not the news, we don’t want to mistake ourselves for the news. But I think if we’re good storytellers, we can’t escape the power of these themes.”

Littlefield says its possible the “relevancy” dissections will get in the way of fans just following Offred’s (Moss) story, but he has faith the two ways of watching can coexist.

“It may happen for some, I think that when our hours unfold I think we are pulled in by Offred/June. She is our rudder and I think that — I hope that — in some ways we’re just yanked into our world, our characters stories, their struggle and the drama that unfolds in each hour. And I’d like to think that the audience is completely enveloped by what we do. And yes, afterwards it can generate a very provocative and interesting and relevant discussion. But I like to think that what we’re offering the audience takes them on a journey.”

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 will be shaped by Offred/June’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead. In the sophomore installment, Offred and others will fight against — or succumb to — the dark truth that “Gilead is within you.”

New episodes of “The Handmaid’s Tale” drop Wednesdays on Hulu.

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Bill Cosby Retrial: Prosecutor Calls Out Comedian for ‘Laughing’ During Closing Arguments

Bill Cosby Retrial: Prosecutor Calls Out Comedian for ‘Laughing’ During Closing Arguments
During the prosecution’s closing arguments in Bill Cosby’s retrial on Tuesday, Cosby was seen laughing and smiling so much during statements by prosecutor Kristen Feden that she interrupted herself to exclaim, “He’s laughing like it’s funny! But there’s absolutely nothing funny about stripping a woman of her capacity to consent.”

Feden spared nothing in her half of the prosecution’s closing arguments, walking right over to the comedian in the courtroom, pointing at him and stating, “This man sitting right here. This is the man who artfully assaulted [Cosby accuser Andrea] Constand in such a way … that she had no idea about.”

Feden told the jury that Cosby “penetrated [Constand’s] vagina with his finger repeatedly, touched her breasts, and used her hand to manipulate his penis.” She also repeated that the case is “about trust. It’s about betrayal. And it’s about the inability to consent.” She tore into Cosby’s lawyers for attacking the character of six victims and Constand’s mother, telling the court, “Instead of asking what happened and trying to get to the bottom of what happened, they were asking, ‘What were you wearing? You got a drug history?'”

Prosecutor Stewart Ryan followed Feden with the prosecution’s conclusion, connecting dots such as, “Why would you need to explain anything about a consensual sexual encounter?” and “Why do you care if you’re being recorded if you just gave someone Benadryl?” He addressed many of the defense’s biggest talking points, particularly the lack of forensic evidence.

Also Read: Bill Cosby Retrial: Comedian's Attorney Shreds 'Pathological Liar' Andrea Constand During Closing Arguments

“Let’s think about what that forensic evidence would be,” Ryan told the jury. “Fibers from the victim’s clothing on the couch or a hair from her, proving she was in his home? A cotton swab from inside her vagina proving his DNA was in there? But all of those are things the defendant himself has said happened, from his own mouth.”

Jury deliberations are expected to begin on Wednesday.

Cosby is being re-tried on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, stemming from former Temple University employee Andrea Constand’s accusation that the comedian molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia.

Also Read: Judith Regan Blasts 'Derogatory Slur' From Cosby Rep

Cosby’s initial trial in the matter ended in a mistrial in July 2017 after the jury was unable to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.

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‘The Voice’ Top 12 Instant Save: Was right artist rescued on first live results show of season 14? [Poll]

‘The Voice’ Top 12 Instant Save: Was right artist rescued on first live results show of season 14? [Poll]
On the April 24 live results show of “The Voice,” the bottom two vote getters among the Top 12 artists were, as we predicted, D.R. King and Rayshun Lamarr from Teams Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine respectively. Each had to sing one more song to try and win votes cast by viewers via Twitter.

King was up first and tackled the 1973 song “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” which was a big hit and Grammy winner for The Temptations. Rolling Stone has it at #168 on its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list. King connected with the lyrics but not the viewers and lost the Instant Save to Lamarr who did himself proud with his rendition of one of Tina Turner‘s signature songs, her 1984 cover of “I Can’t Stand the Rain.”

Those watching the show live in the Eastern and Central time zones knew when to vote via Twitter. Fans of either
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