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Broadway Stars Unite For Orlando Charity Single

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Broadway’s biggest stars came together to support the LGBT+ community in the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting. They recorded a cover of Hal David and Burt Bacharach’s 1965 hit “What The World Needs Now Is Love,” with all proceeds going to the LGBT Center of Central Florida. Since its release, it’s already topped the iTunes chart.

“All of us in the Broadway community are deeply saddened by the senseless tragedy that occurred in Orlando in the early morning hours of June 12th,” they say in a video. “We send our love and support and thoughts and prayers to everyone impacted by this act of violence and hate. This terrible cycle of violence and intolerance must end. We want to put out as much love into the world as we can because only love can conquer hate. Love must prevail.”

The charity single features Kristen Bell, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Idina Menzel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sara Bareilles, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Audra McDonald, Rosie O’Donnell, Sean Hayes, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski, Sutton Foster and more.

On last night’s episode of Maya & Marty, several dozen of them appeared to deliver a live performance. Sadly, not everyone could make it. Maya Rudolph and Martin Short, who don’t appear on the official recording, helped out and joined along. Check out the studio recording version below, along with the Maya & Marty performance.

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There’s no denying that Kanye West is one huge drama queen. I didn’t think it was possible, but his Twitter rants have become even more dramatic thanks to several celebrities. They’re almost Shakespearean now 😉

Vanity Fair enlisted YouTube sensation, and current Amazing Race contestant, Tyler Oakley to interview stars as they arrived at the publication’s annual Oscar Party. Whoopi Goldberg, Kate Hudson, Mindy Kaling, Michael Strahan, Martin Short, JJ Abrams and even infamous White House intern Monica Lewisky played along. Some gave West’s Tweets a menacing vibe, while others channeled his anger perfectly. Check out the fun clip below.

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While the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards are as white as freshly fallen show, the first wave of presenters not so much so. Definitely not #oscarssowhite action going on here. Wisely, the Academy has chosen a diverse list of personalities.

“Each of these artists bring a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage,” producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”

When I say diverse, I mean diverse. You have black, white, young, old, gay, straight, American and international stars in the mix. Check out the first round of presenters below.

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The View Reportedly Finds Two New Panelists

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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Season 18 of The View was a rebuilding one. The veteran daytime chatfest moved into a new studio and overhauled the panel, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the sole returnee. Fast forward to Season 19, and once again the Ghost actress is the last woman standing. Rosie Perez, Rosie O’Donnell and Nicole Wallace just didn’t work out.

The View has already announced Michelle Collins and Ravyen-Symone as permanent co-panelists moving forward. It appears producers have found two more women to usher in yet another new era for the once watercooler show.

Not surprisingly, Candace Cameron Bure is poised to become one of the new co-hosts. She easily fills the resident conservative SLASH religious spot. She’s guest hosted a handful of times and already butted heads with Raven. Did you see their heated debate about the bakery that wouldn’t bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple? Talk about tense. These two will undoubtedly bring plenty of fireworks with their opposing viewpoints.

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The dawn of a new era for The View is here. Gone are Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Joy Behar. Stepping in to join the three ring circus is blond funny lady Jenny McCarthy. ABC just released the first promo pics for the daytime talk show’s upcoming 17th season featuring its new addition. Judging by first impression, it appears she fits in just perfectly.

Already, she’s fooling around with Sherri Shepherd and poking fun at Barbara Walters. Why there isn’t a photo of Whoopi with Jenny is interesting? Are they already not getting along? Probably not the case, but it is interesting why a promo photo with just the two of them is missing. McCarthy makes her debut as an official host on September 9. Check out the promo photos below.

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Technically, the 30th anniversary of Cyndi Lauper’s iconic hit “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” isn’t until September 6th. That’s when the single was officially released thirty years ago. Fans of the pop classic decided to get a jump on things and film a lip dub, most likely to celebrate Lauper’s first Tony Award nomination for Kinky Boots. The musical’s signature boots prominently pop up in the homage as famous and not-so-famous individuals lip sync to the track.

A few of the notable people appearing in the video are Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Kelly Ripa, Katie Couric, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. In other words, pretty much any woman who’s had a daytime talk show. Other “girls” having fun include the cast of Kinky Boots, Chicago, Annie, The Lion King and other Broadway hits. The most surprising cameo is from RHONY’s Luann De Lesseps. How in the world did she snag a spot in the clip. Check out the video below.

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Who’s Leaving The View?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

I’m truly flabbergasted. I never expected this from this woman. Deadline.com is reporting that one of the ladies is leaving when her contract expires in August. When the site talked to this co-host, she revealed she was leaving to focus on other projects. ABC released a statement stating this woman was instrumental in the success of The View and said the following.

“We wish her all the best in this next chapter, and are thrilled that we have her for the remainder of the season.” – ABC

With Barbara Walters reportedly scaling back her involvement on the show, and this co-host leaving, the panel is definitely going to look quite differently when the ABC daytime talk show returns for a 17th season in September. Find out who’s leaving below.

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Attention all Trekkies and blooper-lovers: The Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 2 Blu-Ray has just been released, and included in its special features is a brand-new gag reel that has never been released before and it’s absolutely hilarious.

With Whoopi Goldberg (who plays Guinan) forgetting her lines, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in some sexy poses, Worf (Michael Dorn) continuously messing up his lines, and countless scenes where the cast can’t help but burst into laughter.

The new Blu-Ray also includes brand-new documentaries featuring all new cast and crew interviews, original episodic promos, TNG 25th Anniversary Cast Reunion, deleted scenes, and more. Watch the Season 2 outtakes below. I’ve also included the Season 1 gag reel, although it’s not in HD like Season 2 is.

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