I believe every one of us gays has our fairy god divas, and mine is certainly Whitney Houston. So I’m more than a little excited that the trailer for Lifetime’s upcoming Whitney biopic was just released.
It looks better than some of Lifetime’s recent biopic offerings (ahem, Liz & Dick), and it seems to cover all the bases: Whitney’s rise to fame, her marriage to Bobby, and—as much as I hate typing it—the drug addiction that eventually brought her down.
The film is directed by the fabulous Angela Bassett—a former costar of Whitney’s on Waiting to Exhale. It stars Yaya DaCosta as Whitney and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown. Whitney’s vocals in the film were recorded by Deborah Cox.
Buzzfeed has the full trailer on lock and key. You can see it here.
Michael Smerconish’s debut novel Talk has been optioned for a television show. The hour-long drama is expected to debut sometime before the 2016 election.
“Like anyone who’s ever written a novel, as I wrote it I envisioned it on the screen. Of course in most cases that doesn’t come to pass and now this looks like it will, and I couldn’t be more excited,” Smerconish told Politico. “I think the story lends itself to TV beautifully. In the world of House of Cards and Alpha House, I can definitely see Talk on a television screen.”
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In typical David Lynch fashion the, the PAFA-trained auteur is keeping mostly mum about the return of Twin Peaks in 2016. (“I’m not talking about Twin Peaks now. Not until 2016.”) He did, however drop a few nuggets in an interview with Agenda magazine. Here’s what we’ve got:
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The Voice is coming down to the wire and the competition is really starting to get exciting. Like last year, with Christina Grimey and Audra McLaughlin, both our local singers have made it all the way to the top 12. This year, Matt McAndrew and DaNica Shirey hold down two of those coveted 12 spots. Last night, they got the chance to sing again and neither of them disappointed.
First up was Shirey, who picked “Creep” by Radiohead. It was a risky choice considering how much success she has had with classic R&B to this point. But in the trusty hands of Pharrell, how could she go wrong? They quickly rearranged the song to fit her singing style and what a pay off. They put a little old-school vibe on to the instrumentation and BOOM there is space for her voice to sail. No one can hit the big notes like this woman and her emotional end was haunting. Absolute home run.
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The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon was left without a musical guest yesterday evening, when scheduled performers U2 had to cancel last minute. Bono couldn’t make it because he was in the hospital recovering from an injury he sustained from a cycling accident.) So instead of scheduling another act last minute, Fallon took an even better route: He and his house band—Philadelphia’s The Roots—performed as Bono and U2.
“We already have the best band in the world—The Roots are here every single night,” Fallon said, before slipping into Bono’s glasses and cap and taking to the stage to perform a spot-on cover of U2’s 1988 hit “Desire.” Give it a watch above.
Only a couple of weeks after Bill Cosby — whose allegations of sexual assault have resurfaced with a vengeance recently — was declined a guest spot on Queen Latifah’s daytime talk show, his rep is announcing that an appearance on The Late Show With David Letterman has been cancelled, too.
More from AP:
Bill Cosby’s upcoming appearance on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” has been canceled amid a growing uproar over allegations that he sexually assaulted several women in past decades.
Cosby spokesman David Brokaw confirmed Friday night that Cosby would not appear next Wednesday as previously scheduled. He did not say why.
“Late Show” representative Kimberly Izzo-Emmet said, “We can’t comment on the guest booking process.” She said Regis Philbin would be the replacement guest.
The Voice live playoffs continued last night with Team Pharrell and Team Gwen; giving us a chance to see York, Pennsylvania native DaNica Shirey perform. DaNica has been one of the technical standouts all season long. She seems to be able to perform lyrical acrobatics better than any other contestant. Her issue has been developing her confidence and her emotional delivery.
Pharrell assigned a song for DaNica, which didn’t seem to happen last year, but if Pharrell says jump these contestants better say “how high”? He certainly raised the stakes for DaNica with “Help Me” by Joni Mitchell, yet again letting our local contestants show a depth via very tasteful song choice. It’s an extremely complicated and challenging song with loads of chord changes and colors. How would she handle the pressure of such a difficult song and also her new found fan base?
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Bruce Springsteen is joining other A-list music stars, like Rihanna, The Black Keys, Eminem, and Jennifer Hudson, for the first-ever Concert for Valor in Washington D.C. this evening. The show is a Veterans Day affair, meant to bring people together on the National Mall and on TVs and computer screens across the country to pay homage to veterans and active duty service members.
The Washington Times expects 800,000 people at the event, which takes place tonight, November 11th, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. There’s still plenty of time to drive down if you want to brave the crowd, but there are other ways to see the show. HBO, a partner of the event, will televise the concert live, and it will be available for non-subscribers. For subscribers, Concert for Valor will be aired on HBO and HBO GO throughout the month of November.
Folks can also live-stream the show as it happens at theconcertforvalor.com, and iHeartRadio will provide a live audio simulcast during the show. Find more information and to find all the right links, go here.
Comedy Central has released the video for Season 2 of Philly comedian Abbi Jacobson and her partner lana Glazer’s Broad City. If the preview’s any indication, the second season will be just as great as the first. It find the ladies in all kinds of awkward day-to-day situations with dry cleaners, assholes on the street, and an aerobics class led by Jacobson. Keep in mind this is the uncensored version of the trailer, so turn down the volume or put on some headphones if you don’t want folks around you to hear “fucks” and “suck my dicks” coming out of your computer.
Season 2 debuts January 14th at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central. Check out our conversation with Abbi Jacobson, where she talks about wrapping up the second season, here.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is slamming the Discovery Channel for airing an episode of Eaten Alive that shows a man–New Jersey native Paul Rosolie—being gobbled up whole by an anaconda. Network sources are saying that the snake is still alive and wasn’t harmed during the filming process, but that’s not enough for PETA. More from People.
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