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As with any award shows, the middle stretch of the Emmys last night was a big yawn fest. Just get to the big awards already, right? Thankfully, this insanely awesome commercial aired during the telecast. It gave me life.

The Internet is still buzzing about the Apple Music ad featuring Taraji P. Henson and Kerry Washington having a dance party over at Mary J. Blige’s crib. How do I score an invite to the next one, ladies? Ava DuVernay who directed the clip revealed that it was just a taste of what’s to come.

“Yep, first of three. @AppleMusic rolls them out throughout the week. Loved playing w/ Queens Kerry, Taraji + Mary xo,” the Selma director tweeted.

I wait with bated breath for the other two installments to drop. In the meantime, relive the first one in all its glory below.

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Though better received by critics, NBC’s Peter Pan Live! failed to match the massive ratings of its predecessor. Say what you will about the legendary wooden acting of Carrie Underwood, but the country superstar delivered the viewers.

While producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are on the hunt for a talented newcomer to play Dorothy, the peacock network has enlisted two marquee names to add star power to their upcoming The Wiz Live! Having established household names to anchor the production are a must. NBC clearly realized their misstep from last year’s disappointing showing. Find out below what Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige are playing in the live production.

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Spike TV’s breakout hit, Lip Sync Battle, returns Thursday, July 9. The series still has plenty of big names to feature before closing out its freshman run. Among those still on deck are Iggy Azalea facing off against her fiancee Nick Young, Will Arnett versus Alison Brie and Andy Cohen battling it out with Willie Geist.

The LL Cool J-hosted series brings out the big guns for the two-part season finale. Empire’s Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard go head-to-head in a big way to win the coveted trophy. Henson brings out Mary J. Blige during her “Fine” showstopper, while Howard channels Rick James perfectly for one of his performances. Check out the trailer below.

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Fresh off her way-too-short appearance on Empire this week, Mary J. Blige drops a brand new video. On a serious tip though, Blige was highly underutilized on the FOX drama. All she did was duet with Terrence Howard on “Shake Down.” Next time, I want a showdown with Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson).

Doubt” is the latest single off her critically-acclaimed The London Sessions. The Ethan Lader-directed clip finds the 44-year-old singing her little heart out in an empty theater. But by the end, it’s a packed house. It’s a simple clip, but when you’re the Queen of hip-hop soul, bells and whistles aren’t needed. Plus, the simplistic nature is very fitting for her London Sessions era.

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If the promise of Mary J. Blige wearing a platinum blond fro descending from the sky while wearing baby blue wings isn’t enough to entice people to the theaters, nothing will. That top right image is everything. Blige along with Jennifer Hudson star in a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated 1961 play, Black Nativity. The film is scheduled to hit theaters this holiday season in November.

I love me some J-Hud, but let’s face it. The 31-year-old Oscar winner shines brightest when her acting roles involve some singing. When left simply just to act, she’s a bit awkward, don’t you think? Thankfully, the Kasi Lemmons-directed musical features Hudson doing what she does best- getting down with her gospel bad self. She stars as a struggling mother living in Baltimore who sends her son to live with his grandparents played by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett in Harlem. The coming-of-age story also stars rapper Nas, Tyrese Gibson, Nasir Jones and Jacob Latimore. Check out the teaser trailer below.

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The Voice Season 3: Some Mentors Revealed

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Even though, I think airing two seasons of “The Voice” back-to-back for the 2012-2013 television season is a horrible, NBC is doing it anyway. No wonder they’re perpetually in fourth place among the big networks. They seriously need me on staff. I’ll whip them back into “Must See Television” shape. Think of me as the Asian Andy Cohen ;) Well enough of my daydreaming, let’s talk “The Voice”.

For Season 1, Sia, Monica, Reba McEntire and Adam Blackstone assisted the judges in mentoring the contestants. Last time around Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton needed double the star power. Each judge called upon two of their famous friends to advise the singers. Kelly Clarkson & Miranda Lambert (Shelton), Alanis Morissette & Robin Thicke (Levine), Ne-Yo & Babyface (Green), and Lionel Richie & Jewel (Aguilera) were all “trusted advisers”. Find out who’s on tap for Season 3 below.

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Watch Mary J. Blige Rock Out In “Rock of Ages”

In: Donovan, Movies

Words can’t even begin to describe how excited I was to check out this clip. When I heard the hit Broadway musical was being adapted for the silver screen, I was practically frothing at the mouth. A musical set to 80s rock music… what’s not there to love? Last week, I was fortunate enough to check out a touring production of “Rock of Ages” and while not the best stage production I’ve seen, it was certainly entertaining and provided a great soundtrack. With A-list stars attached to the film and Hollywood money funding the project, I can’t wait to see the big budget extravaganza.

Directed by Adam Shankman of “Hairspray” fame, “Rock of Ages” tells the story of small town girl Sherrie and city boy Drew, who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake, and more. Everyone in the film from Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Julianne Hough cover these iconic tracks. Luckily for us (mostly me), we’re treated to the first full-length performance from the film.

Mary J. Blige gets the honor of being the first one we get to see belt out the 80s rock music. Given she’s sold millions of records, it’s a wise choice to show off the Grammy award-winning singer first. Blige plays Justice Charlier, the owner of the strip joint, The Venus Club. After giving advice to one of her girls, Julianne Hough’s Sherrie, she belts out Journey’s “Any Way You Want It”. Watch Mary channel her inner rocker below.

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If you asked what film, movie goers were looking most forward to in 2012, most would’ve probably either said “The Hunger Games”, “The Avengers”, or the final installment of “The Twilight” franchise. Not for me though. Instead, it’s all about the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, “Rock of Ages“. The second I heard the film was greenlit, I began counting the days until it hit theaters. Why? I love me my musicals and 80s heavy metal rock. So win-win.

On the Broadway production, it was the music that was the star, but since the film has a stellar roster of talent, it’s about the cast. More importantly, who’s singing what, especially Tom Cruise. Since Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough and former “American Idol” contestant Constantine Maroulis are all recording artists, hearing them isn’t as highly-anticipated, but for the former “Top Gun“, it’s a brand new world. Cruise is heavily featured on the soundtrack, singing classic tracks from Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, and The Scorpions to name a few. Find out what everyone else is singing below, including Alec Baldwin, Russel Brand, Catherine Zeta Jones et al.

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