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NBC’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical Moved To 2018

NBC’s Bye Bye Birdie is saying bye-bye to 2017. The network said today that its live musical starring Jennifer Lopez that was set for December has been pushed to 2018. The news comes two weeks after the Peacock announced a live production of Jesus Christ Superstar for Easter Sunday 2018. The delay is due to Lopez’s busy schedule; she stars on NBC’s recently renewed Shades of Blue and will be a judge and mentor on its summer dance competition World of Dance, which… Read


Manchester Attack Updates: Six Arrested, Ariana Grande Suspends Tour & Tom Hardy Launches Fundraiser For Victims

Developments pertaining to the horrific Manchester bombing on Monday have continued to unfold as a fifth man and a woman were arrested Wednesday in Britain, in what Greater Manchester police describe as "a fast-moving investigation." This brings the arrest tally to six in the UK, with police saying they are investigating a "network" after suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 people and injured 64 at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. Police arrested a woman in… Read


22 Dead, Dozens Hurt As Suicide Bomber Strikes Ariana Grande Concert In England; Suspect ID’d

UPDATED Tuesday, 4:04 PM PT with terror threat level raised: Police have named the suicide bomber behind the Manchester terror attack as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Greater Manchester police chief constable Ian Hopkins revealed his identity in a media briefing outside the force headquarters on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, though officials have not confirmed that. Later on Tuesday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May raised the… Read


The Backpack Kid: Who Is Katy Perry’s ‘SNL’ Scene-Stealing Dancer?

If you watched Saturday Night Live last night, you’re probably remembering one person above the rest: The Backpack Kid. Upstaging Katy Perry – not an easy thing to do – and a bevy of gorgeously attired drag queens and club types, the stone-faced boy took the stage well into Perry’s “Swish Swish,” and proceeded to mesmerize everyone with his lightning fast, stiff-armed dance moves. The kid’s name is Russell Horning, a 15-year-old Lawrenceville, Georgia boy who goes by the… Read


AR Rahman On New Projects, Rise Of Indian Film & Fest Seduction – Cannes Studio

Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman is attending his first Cannes Film Festival, promoting two new projects. The first is Sangamithra, a Tamil-language historical drama in which a princess wants to take revenge, he tells me in the video above. The prolific artist has done the music for 160 films, working across 25 years. Think Lion, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, I, Million Dollar Arm, OK Jaanu and more. Choosing projects comes down to, “When I find something exciting and… Read


‘SNL’: Dwayne Johnson Announces Run For Prez With Tom Hanks, More Or Less

Update, with additional video Dwayne Johnson was welcomed by Alec Baldwin into Saturday Night Live‘s Five-Timers Club tonight, smoking jacket and all, but chose another hosting quintuplet as his presidential running mate: Tom Hanks. Johnson’s opening monologue on tonight’s season finale played off of recent rumors that the upcoming Baywatch star will challenge Donald Trump next time around. The actor formerly known as The Rock shared the stage with two other five-time… Read


Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell Committed Suicide, Coroner Says – Update

UPDATED with cause of death: Grammy winner Chris Cornell, whose band Soundgarden was a defining influence in the grunge sound that developed in Seattle in the ’90s, committed suicide by hanging, the Wayne County, MI Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday in a statement provided to The Associated Press. A full autopsy report has not yet been completed, the statement added. Cornell was 52. The singer/songwriter was found dead following a concert Wednesday night at… Read


James Corden Set To Host The Grammys For Second Year

A day after Jimmy Kimmel was set to host the Oscars for a second consecutive year, another late-night host is getting a return gig as frontman for a major trophy show. Late Late Show funnyman James Corden said at CBS’ upfront today that he will host the 2018 Grammy Awards. The King of Carpool Karaoke led the 59th annual Grammys in February, starting his time onstage with a planned pratfall down the stairs that nearly cost him his pants. He went on to perform a musical… Read


‘Boy Band’: Rita Ora To Host ABC Singing Competition; Backstreet Boy & Spice Girl Also Aboard

British singer-actress Rita Ora is set to host ABC’s summer singing competition series Boy Band, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said at the network’s upfront today in Manhattan. Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and Spice Girls veteran Emma Bunton will serve on the show as “architects” — experts who will guide contestants throughout their journey to potential stardom. In the series, undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out for a spot in… Read


‘American Idol’: Katy Perry Set As Judge For ABC’s Revived Singing Competition

ABC has landed a big star to take the first seat on the revived American Idols judges table: hitmaker Katy Perry. The network, which publicly had been courting the singer, made the announcement during its upfront presentation in Manhattan. The Emmy- and Grammy-nominated Perry has sold more than 100 million records worldwide since breaking out with her 2008 hit “I Kissed a Girl.” She has racked up eight No. 1 singles and 13 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100 along with… Read


‘Patti Cake$’ Star Danielle Macdonald On Tackling Her First Lead Role Without Killa P’s Self-Confidence – Cannes Ones To Watch

Danielle Macdonald

"Lords and ladies of the Royal Court, bow down. The QUEEN is in the building." So announces Jheri (played magnificently by newcomer Siddharth Dhananjay) in Geremy Jasper's Directors’ Fortnight closing-night film Patti Cake$. And for anyone who sees Danielle Macdonald's breakthrough performance as aspiring New Jersey rapper Patricia Dombrowski, it's hard to argue with this assertion. As the titular Patti Cake$ (aka White Trish, aka Juicy Luciano, aka Marilyn Mansion, aka… Read


Paul McCartney Shares Pirate Life With Fans, Tweets ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales’ Pic

Recognize the eyes? Don’t call yourself a Beatles fan – or a sentient being, for that matter – if you don’t see Paul McCartney beneath the pirate drag. McCartney tweeted this poster of himself today as he appears in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, no explanation necessary beyond “#PiratesLife.” See his tweet below. McCartney makes a cameo as “Jail Guard 2” in the fifth Pirates installment from Disney. Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack… Read