NBC Announces Hairspray As Next Live Production

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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You can’t stop the beat!

NBC just revealed Hairspray will be the network’s 2016 live musical event. Perfect choice if you ask me. It’s well-known and has plenty of memorable songs. I predict the ratings will fall somewhere between The Wiz and The Sound of Music. The one thing I know for sure is that it won’t bottom out like Peter Pan Live!

“People have been saying to me since The Wiz, ‘Do this show, do that show,’” NBC boss Robert Greenblatt said. “I’ve heard obscure titles and famous titles. Not everything’s going to be a big name to the whole audience. I don’t think there’s an infinite number of these that can be done. But we’re still doing it.”

Once again Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as executive producers. John Waters first released Hairspray in 1988 starring Ricki Lake and Debbie Harry. In 2002 it became a hit Broadway show. Five years later, Zadan and Meron produced the big screen musical adaptation starring Zac Efron, John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

check out some clips from the movie musical below

Adam Lambert Covers David Bowie During Japan Concert

In: Donovan, Music
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Ever since news of David Bowie’s tragic passing was announced, the outpouring of celebrity tributes have been numerous. The late singer’s legacy will certainly live on for years to come.

During a concert stop in Osaka Japan, Adam Lambert paid homage to one of his idols. If anyone can do the glam rock icon justice it’s Glambert himself. The American Idol alum covered Bowie’s 1983 hit “Let’s Dance,” and flawlessly at that while rocking a sparkly jacket.

Lambert should consider releasing an official recording of this. It’s so good. Check it out below.

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Younger returns for its sophomore season on January 13 on TV Land. I quite enjoyed the first season of the Darren Star-produced series and looking forward to watching new episodes.

To promote its return, Hilary Duff covers the Fleetwood Mac classic, “Little Lies.” She goes full-on electro-pop for her rendition, even channeling some Britney Spears on “Hold It Against Me.” If you like the track, it’ll be available to purchase tomorrow as well.

“TV Land called me. And it’s like when the boss is calling you, and you’re like, ‘What did I do now?’” Duff shares. “They were like, ‘We want you to cover a song for the promos for the second season.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my God. Yes, of course, I would love to.’”

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2016 Directors Guild Of America Nominations Announced

In: Donovan, Movies
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When it comes to predicting how the Academy will pick Best Director, the Directors Guild of America have a strong track record. In the past 10 years, they have a success rate of 90 percent. These five nominees should feel good about their chances their name will be read out loud later this week when the Oscar nominations are announced.

Hoping for a back-to-back win is Alejandro G. Inarritu. He won last year for Birdman and could do the same this year for The Revenant. He’ll be competing against Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), Adam McKay (The Big Short), George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Ridley Scott (The Martian).

Notably absent from the list are Todd Haynes and Steven Spielberg for Carol and Bridge of Spies respectively. All hope is not lost for both as there’s usually at least one or two differences between the DGAs and Oscar noms.

For the first time ever, the DGAs acknowledged first-time directors. Find out the category’s inaugural nominees below.

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Netflix Rebooting One Day At A Time With A Twist

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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One Day at a Time originally aired on CBS from 1975 to 1984. The Norman Lear-produced sitcom featured Bonnie Franklin as a divorced mother raising two teenage daughters, played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli. Netflix is reportedly rebooting the classic comedy but with a twist.

The reimagining will be a multi-camera series revolving around a Cuban-American family, specifically on a “a recently separated former military mom who is navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son, with the “help” of her old school Cuban-born mom and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider.” According to Deadline, Rita Morena has signed on to play the grandmother. No word on when the 13-episode first season will be available.

Would you watch this reboot? Too young to remember the original? Check out the theme song from the original below.

check out the original series’ opening credit below.

Gleb Savchenko Heats Up Attitude Magazine

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!
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He was only partnered up with a celebrity just once on Dancing With The Stars, before being demoted to a troupe member. Never really understood why producers did that, because Gleb Savchenko is one hot piece of ass. It’s no secret I immediately became smitten. He ranked quite high on my “The 10 Hottest DWTS Male Pro Dancers Ranked” post.

The 32-year-old Russian dancer is now entertaining folks across the pond on Strictly Come Dancing. Not surprisingly, viewers fell in love, especially the gay ones. Attitude magazine chose Savchenko to grace the cover of their February 2016 issue.

“I’ll take being a sex symbol for gay men”, he says. “It feels great. But it does make me think ‘Oh, I need to work out and eat healthy to keep my body in check!’”

Check out more pics from his sizzling 10-page spread below.

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Truthfully, I thought Charlie Carver had already come out. Maybe it was just in one of my dreams that he did, or maybe it was that threesome scene with James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael that I’m thinking of. It was quite believable. Just saying 😉 Either, welcome to the familia.

The 27-year-old actor burst onto the scene playing one of the Scavo twins on Desperate Housewives with his real-life twin. Both brothers then went on to appear on Teen Wolf and The Leftovers.

In a lengthy post on Instagram, a five-parter in fact, Charlie comes out as gay. His letter was accompanied by a picture of an inspirational quote, “Be who you needed when you were younger.”

Give the touching post a read below. For those wondering what his twin, Max’s sexual preference is, he’s straight ;(

check out his entire Instagram post after the jump

Justin Bieber Ends Adele’s Run On Billboard Hot 100

In: Donovan, Music
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Both “Sorry” and “Hello” were released the same day in October. Adele’s power ballad immediately debuted at No. 1 and has never looked back. After ten weeks dominating the Billboard Hot 100, “Hello” finally relinquishes its grip on the No. 1 slot. No longer the bridesmaid, “Sorry” at long last, gets its chance to rule the chart.

Sorry” becomes the Bieb’s second Hot 100 chart-topper of his career, following “What Do You Mean.” His other single “Love Yourself” is sitting pretty at No. 3. It’s extremely likely that track will give him a Purpose hat trick.

I’m actually quite impressed his latest singles are doing so well without the help of music videos featuring him. Don’t get me wrong, I love the dance clips for both, extremely so, but find it interesting Bieber never shot a clip with him included.

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