Kristin Chenoweth Joins NBC’s Hairspray Live!

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NBC just snagged a Tony award-winning actress for its annual musical production. And she’s a good witch to boot. Kristin Chenoweth is the latest star to join Hairspray Live!

The 47-year-old Wicked actress joins previously announced cast members Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Martin Short as Wilmer, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, and Derek Hough as Corny Collins. Newcomer Maddie Baillio beat out over 1,000 hopefuls to play Tracy Turnblad. Find out below which role Chenoweth is playing. If you watched the feature film musical, you probably have a good idea who.

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Both Dustin Lance Black and Frank Ocean addressed the tragic events in Orlando in separate powerful essays shared today. Black, who is on location in Vancouver filming the ABC LGBT miniseries When We Rise, urged “It’s time to disarm hate” in his powerful letter, while Ocean covers a wide range of topics from sharia law to transgender rights and his own experiences as a child in his tumblr post.

“We must also act in more immediate ways that will protect not only LGBT people, but all citizens. My LGBT community has experienced the same kind of senseless violence that schoolchildren and their families have experienced, and that communities of color have suffered for generations. If there is one shining light in the darkness of our mourning, it is that we are not alone in this fight, and the time has come for LGBT people to join hands with others who have also suffered and demand gun control now,” Black writes for Entertainment Weekly.

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Adam Lambert Joins The X Factor

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Ever since there were rumblings years ago that American Idol producers were contemplating filling up the panel with former alums, I’ve wanted to see Adam Lambert judge a singing competition. Today, I finally get my wish. Albeit a different show but still.

The 34-year-old singer is heading down under to join The X Factor Australia for the show’s eighth season. The “Ghost Town” singer will sit alongside Iggy Azalea and Guy Sebastian. A fourth judge will be revealed at a later date.

“I am very excited to join X Factor in Australia and am looking forward to helping people shine their brightest,” the singer told the Daily Telegraph in an interview.“Australia has always been one of my favorite places to tour. The Aussies I’ve met are so kind and good humored – so the thought of getting to live in Sydney is exciting.”

Though he was never a full-time judge on Idol, Lambert stepped in once for Keith Urban during the auditions and proved he could hold his own, providing valid and constructive feedback. Will you watch Lambert on The X Factor? Sound off below.

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The 26th edition of the annual burlesque fundraiser aka Broadway Bares raised $1,482,724 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Though slightly down from last year’s record-breaking total of $1,598,501, this year’s take is still very impressive.

This year’s theme tackled the boob tube in an unrivaled evening of sexy striptease. 198 of the hottest male and female dancers in New York City performed a series of parodies of television shows including Game of Thrones, American Idol and more in very little clothing. My kind of entertainment.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to attend the show in New York City this past weekend, the organizers have shared a video highlighting some of the most eye-catching moments of the night. Check out below some of the memorable performances from Broadway Bares: On Demand.

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Approximately 10,000 dogs and cats will be slaughtered and eaten in the course of the next 10 days at southern China’s annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival. Celebrities have teamed up with the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation to film a PSA to raise awareness for this heinous practice of torturing dogs in China and other Southeast Asian countries every year.

Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Maggie Q, Russell Simmons, Kristen Bell, Joaquin Phoenix, Sia, Alicia Silverstone and Pamela Anderson are just a few who are speaking out against the Yulin festival which has been occurring since 2010.

Having a dog myself, naturally I’m in favor of ending this festival but I can’t help but feel a little hypocritical given that I’m not a vegetarian and enjoy chicken, pork etc… What are your thoughts? Share them after watching the emotional clip below. The graphic nature might be unsettling for some viewers especially if you have a pet.

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It would appear that Selena Gomez is the latest musician to take a spin for “Carpool Karaoke” with James Corden. In actuality, the 23-year-old singer filmed her Late Late Show segment a couple of months ago when Corben teased, “Getting a lift to work with this little chaffinch today! This is my 1st Instagram post!!!!”

Not exactly sure why it took so long to air because the sketch is quite entertaining. By far, the most interesting was watching the two sing “Come & Get It” while riding a roller coaster. Selena even does all the music video choreography while being whipped around. Pretty darn impressive.

“Same Old Love,” “Kill Em With Kindness,” “Love You Like A Love Song” and “Hands To Myself” are also sung, along with Selena’s squad leader, Taylor Swift’s hit “Shake It Off.” Watch the video below to watch all the fun including some drive thru action at McDonald’s. I’m craving some fries now 😉

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I was so bummed when HBO’s Looking was not renewed for a third season. The acting, characters, storyline, music… it was perfect. As a gay man in my early 30’s living in a city, it was much more relatable to me than any other gay characters on television at the moment. Thankfully, we at least get a movie to wrap things up and it’s coming out as an HBO Special on Saturday, July 23rd.

Setting the scene for where the film picks up, Patrick (Jonathan Groff) is back in San Francisco after spending some time in Colorado. Upon his return, he realizes he still needs to figure out his love life… and whether that involves Richie (Raúl Castillo) or Kevin (Russell Tovey) I have no idea. Meanwhile, Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) is about to commit to Eddie (Daniel Franzese) but he’s terrified that he’ll hurt him in the end. Dom (Murray Bartlett) and Doris (Lauren Weedman) are in the trailer as well, but not much is revealed about what’s going on with those characters.

Check out the trailer below!

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If you thought the final moments of Penny Dreadful’s Season 3 finale was just a cliffhanger, you’re unfortunately mistaken. Producers of the Showtime series confirm “The End” was truly the end of the drama.

“I can absolutely confirm it is really over, the end, that’s all she wrote,” series creator John Logan told Deadline. “The whole idea to have this be the end of the series applies to all of the characters not just for Vanessa Ives and I felt the ending was for Malcolm and Ethan was Ethan got the father that he wanted and Sir Malcolm got the family he needed and together they came to a nice thing of stasis.”

The cast and crew talk about that shocking final moment in a behind-the-scenes clip. “I’m going to miss Vanessa,” Eva Green said. “It’s going to be hard to kind of leave her behind. To be able to play such a beautiful character is a gift for an actor and I’ve been so lucky.” If you haven’t watched the episode yet, definitely proceed with caution. Major spoiler alert.

Watch the clip below.

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