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Here's Why Adam Levine Is Not Impressed With the MTV VMAs

Here's Why Adam Levine Is Not Impressed With the MTV VMAs
Tell us how you really feel, Adam! Grammy winner Adam Levine was not having any fun watching tonight's 2017 MTV VMAs—so much so that the Maroon 5 frontman took to Twitter today to throw some shade/seriously diss the award show while it was happening. The music man, who accepted the Decade Award at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards earlier in the month, wrote, "It's always exciting to see how utterly horrible the VMAs will be. They really delivered so far this year. #Holyf-ck." Yikes! But that's not all he wrote... The surly singer also added another not-so favorable tweet aimed at the show after his pal's performance got curtailed. "Julia Michaels gets cut off while...
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Barbara Cook, Broadway Legend, Dead at 89

Barbara Cook, Broadway Legend, Dead at 89
Tony Award-winning actress Barbara Cook has died.

Cook died of respiratory failure on Tuesday, surrounded by friends and family at her home in Manhattan, according to her publicist. She was 89 years old.

Cook rose to fame in the '50s as the lead in such Broadway musicals as Plain and Fancy and Candide, among others. She won a Tony Award for her role in The Music Man, in which she played Marian, a librarian who falls for a con artist.

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After a few personal setbacks, including a struggle with alcohol abuse, she revived her career in the '70s, performing in cabarets and concert halls.

Cook received Kennedy Center Honors from Barack Obama in 2011. Broadway greats Audra McDonald, Patti LuPone, Glenn Close and Sutton Foster among others paid tribute to the legend with a medley of her best-known songs.

Just last June
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Barbara Cook, Broadway and Cabaret Star, Dies at 89

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Barbara Cook, Broadway and Cabaret Star, Dies at 89
Barbara Cook, a Broadway star and a beloved cabaret and concert performer, has died. She was 89. A spokesperson for Cook told TheWrap that the actress died Tuesday morning of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends. On Broadway, Cook is best known for her roles in Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” (1956), as librarian Marian in “The Music Man” (1957), for which she also won a Tony, and as Amalia Balash in “She Loves Me” (1963). Also Read: 'Wicked' Passes 'The Phantom of the Opera' to Become Broadway's No. 2 Top-Grossing Show Ever Cook was born in Atlanta to Charles.
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Broadway Legend Barbara Cook Dead at 89

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Broadway Legend Barbara Cook Dead at 89
Barbara Cook, the theater icon who starred in Broadway musicals like The Music Man and She Loves Me, has died. She was 89.

Cook died of respiratory failure on Tuesday morning in her New York home, her son Adam LeGrant told Variety. He added that she was surrounded by friends and family.

Officials with the Tony Awards remembered the clear-voiced soprano in a moving Facebook post, writing, “Rest in Peace Barbara Cook, we were so fortunate enough to see you shine in so many great roles.”
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See Samantha Bee Call Kris Kobach a 'Racist Music Man' in Spoof

See Samantha Bee Call Kris Kobach a 'Racist Music Man' in Spoof
Samantha Bee slammed Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, who also serves as vice chairman of Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, on Full Frontal. With Hamilton actor Javier Munoz, Bee depicted Kobach as a racist con man selling bigoted legislation to small towns in a skit based on The Music Man.

Kobach spent years fighting to uphold laws that prohibited hiring illegal immigrants and made the official language English – that were later ruled unconstitutional. "Kobach tap-danced from town to town selling unsuspecting white people a law they
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More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals

More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals
(See previous post: Fourth of July Movies: Escapism During a Weird Year.) On the evening of the Fourth of July, besides fireworks, fire hazards, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, if you're watching TCM in the U.S. and Canada, there's the following: Peter H. Hunt's 1776 (1972), a largely forgotten film musical based on the Broadway hit with music by Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, who was recently on TCM talking about 1776 and a couple of other movies (A Thousand Clowns, Dodsworth), has one of the key roles as John Adams. Howard Da Silva, blacklisted for over a decade after being named a communist during the House Un-American Committee hearings of the early 1950s (Robert Taylor was one who mentioned him in his testimony), plays Benjamin Franklin. Ken Howard is Thomas Jefferson, a role he would reprise in John Huston's 1976 short Independence. (In the short, Pat Hingle was cast as John Adams; Eli Wallach was Benjamin Franklin.) Warner
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Fund This: ‘Adventure Capital’ Is Billed As “Gordon Gekko Vs. Harry Potter”

Project Name: Adventure Capital

Asking For: $16,000 through Kickstarter

Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $6,610

Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 18

Description: A pair of creators are looking to spin a tale that combines the cutthroat world of Wall Street with a magical world inspired by Harry Potter. That tale is titled Adventure Capital, and it comes from Jake Williamson and Britt Chandler Johnson, who have turned to Kickstarter backers in hopes of funding a pilot.

The protagonist of Adventure Capital is Hale Hill, a Wall Street analyst who is fired from his job. For his next gig, he looks to exploit the pure-hearted and passionate players of a fictitious sport called Squimig, which stands as an analogue for the also-fictitious sport of Quidditch from Harry Potter. What will follow, Williamson and Johnson hope, is a funny a charming look into the eccentricities of nerd culture.
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Today in History: Joan Crawford's Oscar, Bel Powley's Rise, Loretta Young's Emmy

Need to feel festive today? Think on these anniversaries or birthdays today in showbiz history and celebrate accordingly. 

1914 Director Morton DaCosta was born in Philly. Though most of his career was on the stage he did direct three features: Auntie Mame, The Music Man, and Island of Love, the first two of which were Best Picture nominees!

1933 The game "Monopoly" was invented -remember that time when it seemed like every "brand" was going to become a movie and Ridley Scott was going to make this one?

1942 Televangelist wife and pop culture makeup icon Tammy Faye Baker is born. 

Much more after the jump...
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Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage

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Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage
Debbie Reynolds, who died on Wednesday at the age of 84, was one of the last icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Throughout her nearly seven decade career, Reynolds made a name for herself as a triple-threat singer, dancer, and actor — with roles in big-screen MGM musicals and Broadway shows. She was also chart-topping recording artist and dynamic live performer, who toured the country for years as a night club entertainer.

Music was an inescapable part of Reynolds career. Here are 11 of her best musical moments.

“Aba Daba Honeymoon” (1950)

Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan’s “Aba Daba Honeymoon” was first recorded
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Now Casting: Viking Ocean Cruises Open Call and 3 More Gigs

Looking to travel the world and get paid while doing so? Sure you are, and today’s Backstage casting notices give you the chance to do just that. Viking Ocean Cruises will hold an open call in Toronto for singers and dancers to perform in their various onboard productions, plus we have three more gigs on both camera and stage. Check ‘em out below! Viking Ocean CRUISESUnion and nonunion performers are sought to join Viking Ocean Cruises Toronto’s company of performers for productions including mainstage shows, cabaret and more. Itineraries will span Mediterranean, Baltic, and other European routes, and will provide travel and lodging. An open casting call will be held Nov. 17 in Toronto, Ontario. Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’S 2017 SEASONCasting is underway for Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s upcoming 2017 season, set to include productions of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “The Music Man,” and “Julius Caesar.” The company seeks both
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

Lin-Manuel Miranda Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches
The way this presidential campaign has been going, do we even need Saturday Night Live to parody it anymore?

It’s been a crazy week of political bombshells — hey, seen any good Donald Trump videos lately? — and the SNL writers had to be licking their chops at the thought of tearing into all the scandals. Plus, this week’s host was Lin-Manuel Miranda, who gave us all a U.S. history lesson in the Broadway sensation Hamilton, so he’s used to dealing with very extreme political situations. (At least we haven’t seen a pistol duel to the death…
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David Huddleston, Who Played ‘The Big Lebowski,’ Dies at 85

David Huddleston, Who Played ‘The Big Lebowski,’ Dies at 85
David Huddleston, a noted character actor who was most famously known for the titular role in “The Big Lebowski” died Tuesday at 85. His wife, Sarah Koeppe, told the Los Angeles Times that he died of heart and kidney disease in Santa Fe, N.M.

Huddleston’s character in the 1998 “The Big Lebowski” epitomized the types of characters he was known for — big dons or capos and tempestuous men. Although he is in only a few scenes in the film, he crosses paths with Jeff Bridges’ Lebowski character, aka “The Dude,” after a group of gang members attack “The Dude” mistaking him for Huddleston’s millionaire Lebowski. Though the film was not a hit when it first premiered, it has since become a huge cult sensation with a devoted fan base.

Before he was cast as the Big Lebowski, he guest starred on several TV shows, including “Walker Texas Ranger,” “Murder, She
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How 'Beat Bugs' Sells the Beatles to a New Generation

Jasper, a grasshopper with a cane and a top hat, is caught in a plastic box that he sees as an opportunity. "Hop on board this luxurious viewing vehicle," he tells five little bugs staring back at him from the outside, "for the spectacular spectacle of the Magical Mystery Tour!" These tiny creatures — the stars of Beat Bugs, the new animated children's series on Netflix — are intrigued. And off they go.

Grandparents will recognize Jasper as a huckster right of of The Music Man. Parents will recognize Eddie Vedder's
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Stream this in the summer: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'

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Stream this in the summer: 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'
In my early days on the beat, NBC had an ad campaign encouraging people to watch summer reruns, promising, "If you haven't seen it, it's new to you!" In the age of Peak TV, that slogan seems less cynical than accurate. The rise of streaming services have put the bulk of TV history only a click or two away, which means that people are constantly discovering The Wire, or Arrested Development, or Terriers (sigh) for the very first time. Since I'm not doing a summer rewind this year, I thought I would, from time to time, offer up a primer of a show you can stream, whether an older series available in full, or a new arrival to one or more of the services. And since the CW just made official its deal to move all its shows' streaming rights from Hulu to Netflix(*), I wanted to start with what's
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James Corden Opens Tony Awards With Inspiring, Show-Stopping Number

James Corden Opens Tony Awards With Inspiring, Show-Stopping Number
James Corden on Sunday reminded America that he’s so more than just that guy who sings in his car with famous people.

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The Late Late Show host kicked off Sunday’s Hamilton Tony Awards ceremony — which handed him a statue just four years prior — with a show-stopping number that truly set the tone for the rest of the evening. Of course, Corden had a little help from a few friends.

The host was introduced (via rap) by several Hamilton cast members, including Tony nominee Leslie Odom Jr.,
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Henry & Eleanor, Frank & Bram, and The Breakfast Club

On this day in movie related history... 

1152 King Henry II marries Eleanor of Aquitaine. Their romance is later fictionalized in the ever popular play/movie The Lion in Winter which we've written about several times

1897 Frank Capra is born in Italy. He'll immigrate to the Us at five years old and become one of the most famous film directors of all time.  Across the ocean in London a public reading of Bram Stoker's new novel "Dracula, or, The Un-dead" is staged. Frank Capra never makes a movie influenced by Dracula but everyone else does.

Meredith Wilson writing music1902 There's trouble right here in River City Mason City when Meredith Wilson is born. He'll later write The Music Man but not before accruing Oscar nominations for film scoring (The Little Foxes, The Great Dictator)

1912 The first Indian film Shree Pundalik is released in Mumbai. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of
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Ray Romano & Barbara Cook Will Lead Broadway’s Memorial Salute To Doris Roberts

A Broadway farewell to Doris Roberts will be held Monday, May 16. The tribute to the Emmy-winning actress and stage veteran, to be held at the Ambassador Theatre on West 49th Street, will be hosted by Everybody Loves Raymond star Ray Romano. The program, which will be open to the public, will include a special performance by Barbara Cook, best known as the spinster librarian Marian Paroo in the original production of The Music Man. General admission seating is available…
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Andrew Rannells Previews His Musical Simpsons Debut — Plus: Watch a Clip

Andrew Rannells Previews His Musical Simpsons Debut — Plus: Watch a Clip
Andrew Rannells is finally stepping into the role he was born to play: Andrew Rannells.

The Girls scene-stealer appears as himself — well, a “boozier, meaner version” of himself, he tells TVLine — on Sunday’s episode of The Simpsons (Fox, 8/7c) in which he helps Marge and Lisa repair their fractured relationship.

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“They’re having some mother/daughter growing pains,” Rannells explains. “Lisa finds out Marge has never liked jazz, which is devastating to poor Lisa, so they decide to go on a little weekend trip; they end
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How 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' smartly steered into that off-putting name and premise

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How 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' smartly steered into that off-putting name and premise
Back in the fall, I said that while I admired individual components of the CW's Crazy Ex-Girlfriend — particularly the musical parody numbers — the show needed to pull a Cougar Town and start distancing itself from its premise and title before it could truly get good. Instead, the situation has turned out to be, to quote the show's theme song (which got a delightful spoken word treatment a few episodes back), a lot more nuanced than that. If anything, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has doubled down on the crazy ex of it all in its portrayal of sad lawyer Rebecca Bunch (star and co-creator Rachel Bloom) and her fixation on summer camp ex Josh Chan (Vincent Rodriguez III) — and it's become a richer, more confident, and more entertaining show than it was at the start. Some of this is that Bloom and co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna have, as all smart producers of young shows do,
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