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James Franco Hosts SNL: The Least Bad Bits From an Abysmal Night — Watch

James Franco Hosts SNL: The Least Bad Bits From an Abysmal Night — Watch
Despite being overstuffed with Christmas sketches, there were few gifts to be found during this weekend’s Saturday Night Live.

James Franco returned to Studio 8H to promote The Disaster Artist, a movie based on The Room, one of the dumbest films ever made. Ironic, since so much of his latest hosting stint consisted of aggressively dumb material.

The evening got off to a rough start with the cold open, which featured a parade of kids struggling with cue cards and asking Kenan Thompson’s Mall Santa about Sen. Al Franken, Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore and ousted Today show host Matt Lauer.
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‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live!’: Alice Cooper To Play King Herod; David Leveaux Directs

As the polarizing King Herod might have said 2,000 years ago: No more Mr. Nice Guy. Or, perhaps, welcome to my nightmare. NBC said today that Alice Cooper — yes, that Alice Cooper — will play the ruler of Judea in its Easter Sunday production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Also, British theater director David Leveaux will helm the show. He’s a five-time Tony nominee who has directed such U.K. and Broadway production as the 2003 revival of Nine and 2008’s Cyrano de Berger…
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Jesus Christ Superstar: Alice Cooper Cast in NBC's Live Easter Production

Jesus Christ Superstar: Alice Cooper Cast in NBC's Live Easter Production
Rock and roll legend Alice Cooper has been cast in Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, NBC’s forthcoming adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice rock opera set to air on Sunday, April 1 aka Easter.

The Hall of Fame singer-songwriter, known for such hits as “School’s Out” and “Billion Dollar Babies,” will take on the role of the flamboyant King Herod, the Peacock network announced on Friday. Also joining the production is five-time Tony Award nominated director David Leveaux.

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Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend,
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Alice Cooper Cast as King Herod in NBC's 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live!'

Rock ’n’ roll icon Alice Cooper has been cast as the flamboyant King Herod in NBC’s staged rock concert of Jesus Christ Superstar Live! Also joining the special, which will air on Easter Sunday, April 1, is British theatre director David Leveaux, a five-time Tony Award nominee.

Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment. “Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping musical number for Herod, and we all look forward to the...
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We’re Not Worthy! Alice Cooper Joins NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’ as King Herod

We’re Not Worthy! Alice Cooper Joins NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’ as King Herod
In April, you can stay and hang around with y’us — with Alice Cooper. The rock ‘n’ roll legend and “Wayne’s World” alum is joining NBC’s Easter Sunday production of “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” He’ll play the flamboyant King Herod in the rock opera about the final week of the Son of God’s life. Also signing on for the live TV musical is director David Leveaux, who is a five-time Tony Award nominee. “Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production,” said Robert Greenblatt,
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Barry Dennen Dies: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’s Pilate And Barbra Streisand Mentor Was 79

Barry Dennen Dies: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’s Pilate And Barbra Streisand Mentor Was 79
Barry Dennen, who played Pontius Pilate in the original stage and film versions of Jesus Christ Superstar and earlier played a key role in Barbra Streisand’s emergence from cabaret unknown to superstar diva, died Tuesday morning in Burbank, where he was in hospice care. He was 79. Dennen had suffered a brain injury after a fall at home in June, according to Lucy Chase Williams, a close friend who confirmed the death to Deadline. An actor, singer and voice artist, Dennen’s…
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Barry Dennen, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Actor and Barbra Streisand Ex, Dies at 79

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Barry Dennen, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Actor and Barbra Streisand Ex, Dies at 79
Barry Dennen, member of the original cast of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” died Tuesday at age 79, his reps told TheWrap. The actor died in hospice care in Burbank after suffering a brain injury from a fall in June. Dennen played Pontius Pilate, the man who sentenced Jesus Christ to death, on the original recording and in the 1973 film. Prior to that, Dennen had a brief relationship with Barbra Streisand in the early 1960s, when he helped her develop the nightclub act that kickstarted her career. Dennen wrote about his time with Streisand in a 1997 book called “My Life...
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Transparent season 4 review

Patrick Sproull Sep 25, 2017

Here's our spoiler-filled review of Jill Soloway's Transparent season 4 for those who binged it over the weekend...

This review contains spoilers.

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Once again it feels like both everything and nothing happens this season on Transparent. It’s a show that underplays so much; departing showrunner Jill Soloway leaves so much of the heavy lifting to her juggernaut cast who effortlessly sell each scene. Each season deserves multiple re-watches just to fully absorb its nuances and trace the emotional journey of each character where a lot can go unnoticed as a result of Transparent’s brutally short seasons.

The show doesn’t bash you over the head with the point it’s trying to make and that’s what
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Brandy Norwood and Lana Gordon Make Broadway History as Chicago the Musical's First Black Co-Leads

Brandy Norwood and Lana Gordon Make Broadway History as Chicago the Musical's First Black Co-Leads
The Tony-winning revival of Chicago the Musical has been entertaining audiences on Broadway for nearly 21 years and it’s still making history.

On Aug. 17, the curtain rose on the Kander & Ebb musical showing audiences at the Ambassador Theatre something they haven’t seen before: two black actresses playing the leading roles of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly.

R&B singer Brandy Norwood returned to the show as Roxie, the 1920s cheating housewife who is catapulted to fame as the prime suspect in the murder of her lover. By her side as Roxie’s rival Merry Murderous Velma was Lana Gordon
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The Little Mermaid Live! Music/Movie Hybrid Not Happening (Now) at ABC

The Little Mermaid Live! Music/Movie Hybrid Not Happening (Now) at ABC
The seaweed is always greener… in somebody else’s budget: ABC has postponed its planned “live action/animation hybrid television experience” of The Little Mermaid due to financial constraints, USA Today reports.

The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! was scheduled to air on Oct. 3. Per the report, it is unlikely that the project will move forward, even though production had built sets and rehearsals were about to start.

“We are postponing the Little Mermaid Live special,” an ABC spokesperson tells TVLine. “We love the idea of doing a live musical and want to make it wonderful.
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Exclusive: Mark Ballas on Whether He'll Return to 'Dancing With the Stars' for Season 25

Exclusive: Mark Ballas on Whether He'll Return to 'Dancing With the Stars' for Season 25
Will Mark Ballas will be returning to the Dancing With the Stars ballroom on Sept. 18?

The 31-year-old pro dancer stopped by Et for a Facebook Live interview with his wife, BC Jean, on Tuesday, where he candidly discussed how he feels about possibly joining the dance competition series' upcoming 25th season.

Watch: Mark Ballas and BC Jean Open Up About Life as Newlyweds

"Eh, not at this point," he told Et's Katie Krause when asked if he's considering coming back for season 25. "I mean, never say never, but it's a little early to tell."

In addition to tying the knot last November, Ballas and Jean recently wrapped up a tour for their band, Alexander Jean, and wrote a new Ep, High Enough, which is out now. He was also busy with another big gig, playing his "dream role" of Frankie Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys.

"[BC and I] have been so crazy with the Ep, the touring
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Watch 'Transparent' Season Four Trailer: Pfeffermans Take Spiritual Quest

Watch 'Transparent' Season Four Trailer: Pfeffermans Take Spiritual Quest
The Pfefferman family embarks on a spiritual journey in the latest trailer for Transparent Season Four. Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) brings her family to Israel to explore their heritage, promising a fresh start. "You can just start again," she says. "And you never look back."

In a description of the new season, Amazon teases the family's quest, which Maura initiated after a "startling discovery" while speaking at a conference in Israel.

The clip, set to Yvonne Elliman's Jesus Christ Superstar anthem "Everything's Alright," also shows the Pfefferman siblings (Amy Landecker,
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Transparent Pushes Boundaries in Season 4 as Cast Blasts Donald Trump's 'Assault on the Transgender Community'

Transparent Pushes Boundaries in Season 4 as Cast Blasts Donald Trump's 'Assault on the Transgender Community'
Two days after President Donald Trump announced a controversial ban on transgender people serving in the military, People can exclusively share the first trailer for the new season of the Emmy-winning series Transparent, as well as the cast and creators’ response to Trump’s proclamation.

“We are honored to share the trailer for Transparent season 4. We feel very lucky to get to make art inspired by themes of love, home and boundaries, and how they operate in both human beings as well as nations,” the joint statement begins.

“Sharing this work amidst President Trump’s continued assault on the transgender community is painful.
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Craig Zadan and Neil Meron Sign With ICM Partners

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have signed with ICM Partners, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The prolific producing team produced the Oscars telecast from 2013 through 2015, and are behind NBC’s now-annual live musical events: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray. The next special is Bye Bye Birdie Live!, which has been pushed to 2018 because of star Jennifer Lopez’s schedule, and Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, which is set for Easter 2018.

Zadan and Meron are also producing NBC’s live performance of Aaron Sorkin’s stage play A Few Good Men, which is scheduled to air...
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Craig Zadan And Neil Meron Sign With ICM Partners

ICM Partners has signed prolific film, TV and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. Zadan and Meron are behind NBC’s live musical franchise, launched by the highly rated The Sound Of Music Live!, which was followed by Peter Pan, The Wiz and Hairspray. At NBC, the duo has live productions of Jesus Christ Superstar and A Few Good Men coming up. In the long-form arena, where Zadan and Meron’s recent credits include the miniseries Bonnie & Clyde and the hit Steel Magno…
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Who is Dominic Bogart, Joe from Fear the Walking Dead?

Dominic Bogart (no relation to Humphrey) is joining the cast of AMC’s popular Walking Dead spin-off Fear the Walking Dead as Joe, but what has he done before? Ohio-born, Dominic grew up on a horse farm racing thoroughbreds and playing football. It was the adrenalin rush from performing that persuaded Dominic to follow his brothers into acting and singing, taking the University of Cincinnati theater program. Success treading the boards followed, with roles in popular shows like Rent, Jersey Boys, The Grapes of Wrath and as Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Dominic made the move into movies and TV playing...read more
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Jim Carrey on the Failures of His Early Career: ‘Darkness Is Where Diamonds Form’

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Jim Carrey on the Failures of His Early Career: ‘Darkness Is Where Diamonds Form’
The new Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here is an extremely personal outing for executive producer Jim Carrey.

The 55-year-old actor and comedian got his start in stand-up, and used his personal experiences to fuel much of the themes and plot points in the show — which takes place in the ‘70s Los Angeles comedy scene and follows a group of young comedians and the pressure they place on themselves to put on a good performance each night.

“I had such a glorious chance to be creative in this world of comedy,” Carey told the audience at the Los Angeles
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