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Quelle surprise! On the heels of the staggering success of the ambitious The Sound of Music Live!, NBC hired Smash producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to executive produce another beloved musical for 2014. As expected, last week’s event heralded in a new holiday tradition. With 18.6 million viewers, the peacock network would’ve been stupid to not stage another production. No word on what musical just yet, but here’s what NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told The New York Times.

“All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us,” Greenblatt told the Times. “Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one of our shows.’ We’re excited to try it again.”

Reportedly, the only requirement is that it must be a family-friendly Broadway classic with a slew of familiar songs. I guess that rules out Priscilla! Queen of the Desert, Rent or The Book of Mormon 😉 With recent movie renditions of Hairspray, Mamma Mia and Les Miserables, that also rules them out. I’m betting they do another Julie Andrews classic. Mary Poppins anyone? Or something from the hey day of musicals.

Although the Sound of Music Live! production took over 18 months to orchestrate, all parties involved confidently believe it won’t take nearly as long, having gone through the experience already. The Carrie Underwood starrer cost reportedly $9 million to produce. With a 22-song soundtrack available on iTunes and a DVD/Blu-Ray release next week, I’m sure the network will be raking in the profits for years to come. I also foresee jacked up commercial prices for the next musical.

In other Sound of Music-related news, a cast member from the beloved movie passed away Monday. For those who didn’t believe Underwood killed it with her performance, clearly they were wrong 😉 Obviously, I’m joking, albeit in bad taste.

find out which original cast member passed away after the jump

Paul Walker: Dead in Car Crash

In: Adam, Celeb Gossip & News

UPDATE 7:30PM November 30: Paul Walker’s official Facebook page reports that he was the passenger while riding in a friend’s car during the accident that took their lives this afternoon.

It’s been reported by TMZ and substantiated by other reputable news sources that this afternoon, November 30th, 2013, Paul Walker died in a car crash at the age of 40.

The accident occurred in Santa Clarita, a city North of Los Angeles in California when Walker’s Porsche lost control it’s reported and crashed into a tree. The car burst into flames and then exploded taking the life of the famed actor. At the time Paul was driving a passenger who also died as a result of the accident. It’s been said that no other cars or people were involved. The investigation is still ongoing to understand who was driving and what caused the accident itself. Sources close to Paul explain that he was often taking friends out for rides in his new Porsche GT and that he was in Santa Clarita as a part of a car show that was looking to donate to the victims of the typhoon incident in the Philippines.

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I first heard of Cory Monteith’s death while at the club last night. At first, I thought someone was just pulling my leg but discovered it was true. I was in shock. Even after waking up today, I still can’t believe it’s true. It’s always so sad when someone so young passes away.

The 31-year-old actor was found dead on Saturday at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in downtown Vancouver. Monteith checked in to the hotel on July 6, but missed his noon checkout time on Saturday. Staff discovered his body in his room on the 21st floor later in the day. No foul play is suspected, and no cause of death has been given. An autopsy on Monteith’s body is scheduled for Monday. It’s well documented that Cory had struggled with drug use. At the age of 19 he did a stint in rehab and just this past spring was back at a treatment facility.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person. He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.” – Glee producers, FOX & 20th Century Fox

As you would expect, his co-stars are completely devastated and shocked by the news. A rep for his on-screen and real life girlfriend Lea Michele issued the following statement to the press. “We ask that everyone kindly respect Lea’s privacy during this devastating time.” I can only imagine what she’s going through. Our condolences go out to Monteith’s family and loved ones.

It’s too soon to tell how this will affect the upcoming season of Glee, but I fully expect a very moving tribute on the show. I’m already preparing myself for the waterworks. In the meantime, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite performances from him below. Thanks for the memories Cory.

my favorite performances after the jump

I’m sure by now you’ve heard James Gandolfini died of a heart attack after spending a day sightseeing in Rome in the sweltering heat on Wednesday June 19. Reportedly, his 13-year-old son, with whom he was vacationing with, discovered his body in the bathroom of their luxury hotel. How traumatic for him? I can’t even imagine what the poor kid is going through.

His death has shocked the Hollywood community and his many fans. His co-stars including those from The Sopranos have expressed their sadness. Check out what his onscreen wife had to say about his untimely passing.

“I am shocked and devastated by Jim’s passing. He was a man of tremendous depth and sensitivity, with a kindness and generosity beyond words. I consider myself very lucky to have spent 10 years as his close colleague. My heart goes out to his family, as those of us in his pretend one hold on to the memories of our intense and beautiful time together. The love between Tony and Carmela was one of the greatest I’ve ever known.” – Edie Falco

Even though the HBO mob drama was his signature role, the 51-year-old actor appeared in numerous films. The following video tribute perfectly captures some of his greatest onscreen moments in memorable movies like True Romance, Get Shorty and Where the Wild Things Are to name a few. Check out the touching montage below.

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Music Legend Peter Rauhofer Has Died

In: Music, Tommy D

A few weeks ago I posted about Peter Rauhofer and his diagnosis with brain cancer. It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I have to ever out readers know that Peter has indeed left us today.

“Today the music industry has lost one of it’s true heroes.
With a heavy heart I must now report that Peter Rauhofer has lost his battle with brain cancer.

He passed quietly today and is survived by his mother, Helga, who resides in Austria.
She will transport Peter back home to his final resting place there, but to all that knew Peter, his heart will always be in New York City.

It makes me sad, not only that I have lost a friend, but that the world has lost an amazing talent and that future generations will never get to understand the magic that Peter created night after night all over the world.

He is gone too soon but we will always have the vast body of music that Peter left for us.
Through his music, Peter will live forever. The brightest stars always burn out too soon. Peter, you were loved and you will be terribly missed. Goodbye my friend. Please rest in peace knowing that you have brought so much joy to so many of us. I ask that his true fans keep his legacy alive by sharing his music with anyone who may not have had the opportunity to experience it for themselves.” – Facebook Page

I don’t even know what to say or how to react. I am so sad hearing this not just as a fan but as someone who has had the honor of working with him. Peter was the only DJ I thought was capable of resurrecting a defunct party. The Rapture brand that myself and my partner Anna took over was famously cancelled the year previous and it was a huge risk to take it over. But with the help of Peter it was brought back better than ever to it’s full glory. It was the start of my career and I will never forget it. He is a legend and we are lucky enough to have a full library of memories he has left us with.

Here are some of my absolute favorites, Mariah Carey is actually incredibly hard to listen to but it is one of the best.

my favorite remixes after the jump

Britain’s first and to date only female Prime Minister died of a stroke Monday, April 8. The former PM was 87-years-old. Meryl Streep immortalized the political figure in the film The Iron Lady. The role earned the 63-year-old actress her 17th Academy Award nomination and third Oscar statue.

Naturally, Streep released a heartfelt statement reflecting on the life, career and legacy of Thatcher. Among many kind words, Meryl referred to her as a “pioneer.” Check out her entire statement below. Thatcher is survived by her son, Mark, and daughter, Carol. Her husband, Sir Dennis died in 2003.

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This is so sad. Former porn performer Wilfried Knight has reportedly passed away. Knight has been in more than 20 films for Lucas Entertainment and has been mourning the suicide of his husband, Jerry Enriquez. He’s been a lawyer, acupuncturist and was also learning Spanish and writing a book.

Last night, he was really upset and venting about a lot of stuff on Twitter like the following: “Jerry Enriquez (1966-2013) if it wasn’t for lack of federal gay marriage and LULULEMON he’d still be alive today.” He elaborated on what happened to his partner in his blog post titled, “a summary of gay and corporate injustice leading to suicide: thanks to gay discrimination and LULULEMON.”

I met him this summer and he actually worked at the Starbucks by my place so would say hi to him every now and then. Super nice guy and this is so sad that he has passed away. There hasn’t been any confirmation on what happened yet but Twitter is a good place to keep up with the story as it develops. RIP Wilfried :(

Larry Hagman Dead At 81

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan

One of television’s most iconic figures passed away on Friday, November 23. To have one signature role is a blessing for any actor, but to have two is remarkable. Hollywood certainly lost a true legend with Larry Hagman’s passing.

Hagman shot to fame playing Major Anthony Nelson on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie in the 1960s. A decade later, he traded in his nice-guy persona to play one of television’s most notorious villains, J.R. Ewing, on the classic nighttime soap, Dallas. Even if you’ve never watched it, you’ve probably heard of the “Who shot J.R.?” cliffhanger.

The cause of the 81-year-old’s death is due to complications from his recent battle with cancer. Fittingly enough, Hagman died in Dallas, Texas. He was in town shooting scenes for the second season of TNT’s reboot of Dallas. Since it was Thanksgiving, his family and close friends were in town. Reports say his Dallas co-stars, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy were at his bedside when he passed away. They, along with Hagman, starred in the original CBS series from 1978 to 1991 and reprised their roles for the TNT reboot.

“All of us at TNT are deeply saddened at the news of Larry Hagman’s passing. He was a wonderful human being and an extremely gifted actor. We will be forever thankful that a whole new generation of people got to know and appreciate Larry through his performance as J.R. Ewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.” – TNT

Check out what a few of his co-stars have said about Hagman’s passing below.

see what some of his co-stars have said about his passing

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