Teen Choice Awards 2016 winners announced

July 31, 2016
John Cena
The 2016 Teen Choice Awards were announced last night in Los Angeles.  John Cena and Victoria Justice served as hosts for the night which honored Justin Timberlake with the Decade Award. 

Performances for the night included Charlie Puth, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, NE-YO, Serayah and the Top Nine dancers from "So You Think You can Dance:The Next Generation. 

The complete winners list is below:

Choice Movie: Action/Adventure (#ChoiceActionMovie)

Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure (#ChoiceActionMovieActor)
Dylan O’Brien, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

Choice Movie Actress: Action/Adventure (#ChoiceActionMovieActress)
Shailene Woodley, “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” 

Choice Movie: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiMovie)
“Captain America: Civil War”

Choice Movie Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActor)
Chris Evans, “Captain America: Civil War” 

Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiMovieActress)
Jennifer Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2”

Choice Movie: Drama (#ChoiceDramaMovie)
“Miracles from Heaven”

Choice Movie Actor: Drama (#ChoiceDramaMovieActor)
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”

Choice Movie Actress: Drama (#ChoiceDramaMovieActress)
Jennifer Lawrence, “Joy”

Choice Movie: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyMovie)
“Ride Along 2”

Choice Movie Actor: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyMovieActor)
Zac Efron, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”

Choice Movie Actress: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyMovieActress)
Chloë Grace Moretz, “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”

Choice Movie Villain (#ChoiceMovieVillain)
Adam Driver, “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens”

Choice Movie Scene Stealer (#ChoiceMovieSceneStealer)
Jena Malone, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2”

Choice Movie Breakout Star (#ChoiceMovieBreakoutStar)
Daisy Ridley, “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens”

Choice Movie Chemistry (#ChoiceMovieChemistry)
Thomas Brodie-Sangster & Dylan O’Brien, “Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

Choice Movie Liplock (#ChoiceMovieLiplock)
Jennifer Lawrence & Josh Hutcherson, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2”

Choice Movie Hissy Fit (#ChoiceMovieHissyFit)
Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”

Choice Summer Movie (#ChoiceSummerMovie)
“Finding Dory”

Choice Summer Movie Actor (#ChoiceSummerMovieActor)
Kevin Hart, “Central Intelligence”

Choice Summer Movie Actress (#ChoiceSummerMovieActress)
Ellen DeGeneres, “Finding Dory”

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovie)
“Suicide Squad”

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actor (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovieActor)
Dylan O’Brien, “Deepwater Horizon”

Choice AnTEENcipated Movie Actress (#ChoiceAnTEENcipatedMovieActress)
Cara Delevingne, “Suicide Squad”

Choice TV Show: Drama (#ChoiceDramaTVShow)
“Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Actor: Drama (#ChoiceDramaTVActor)
Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Actress: Drama (#ChoiceDramaTVActress)
Ashley Benson, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV Show: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiTVShow)
“Once Upon a Time”

Choice TV Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiTVActor)
Grant Gustin, “The Flash”

Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (#ChoiceSciFiTVActress)
Lana Parrilla, “Once Upon a Time”

Choice TV Show: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyTVShow)
“Fuller House”

Choice TV Actor: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyTVActor)
Ross Lynch, “Austin & Ally”

Choice TV Actress: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyTVActress)
Candace Cameron Bure, “Fuller House”

Choice TV: Animated Show (#ChoiceAnimatedTVShow)
“Family Guy”

Choice TV: Reality Show (#ChoiceRealityTVShow)
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”

Choice TV Villain (#ChoiceTVVillain)
Janel Parrish, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV: Scene Stealer (#ChoiceTVSceneStealer)
Sasha Pieterse, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV: Breakout Star (#ChoiceTVBreakoutStar)
Matthew Daddario, “Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”

Choice TV: Breakout Show (#ChoiceTVBreakoutShow)
“Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments”

Choice TV: Chemistry (#ChoiceTVChemistry)
Ashley Benson & Tyler Blackburn, “Pretty Little Liars”

Choice TV: Liplock (#ChoiceTVLiplock)
Jennifer Morrison & Colin O’Donoghue, “Once Upon A Time”

Choice Summer TV Show (#ChoiceSummerTVShow)
“Teen Wolf”

Choice Summer TV Actor (#ChoiceSummerTVActor)
Dylan O’Brien, “Teen Wolf”

Choice Summer TV Actress (#ChoiceSummerTVActress)
Shelley Hennig, “Teen Wolf”

Choice Male Artist (#ChoiceMaleArtist)
Justin Bieber

Choice Female Artist (#ChoiceFemaleArtist)
Selena Gomez

Choice Music Group: (#ChoiceMusicGroup)
One Direction

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Artist (#ChoiceRBHipHopArtist)

Choice Country Artist (#ChoiceCountryArtist)
Carrie Underwood

Choice Song: Female Artist (#ChoiceSongFemaleArtist)
Ariana Grande, “Dangerous Woman”

Choice Song: Male Artist (#ChoiceSongMaleArtist)
Justin Bieber, “Sorry”

Choice Song: Group (#ChoiceSongGroup)
One Direction, “Home”

Choice Country Song (#ChoiceCountrySong)
Brad Paisley feat. Demi Lovato, “Without a Fight”

Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song (#ChoiceRBHipHopSong)
Drake, “One Dance” (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)

Choice Rock Song (#ChoiceRockSong)
5 Seconds of Summer, “Jet Black Heart” 

Choice Love Song (#ChoiceLoveSong)
One Direction, “Perfect”

Choice Break-Up Song (#ChoiceBreakupSong)
Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”

Choice Party Song (#ChoicePartySong)
DNCE, “Cake by the Ocean”

Choice Song from a Movie or TV Show (#ChoiceMovieTVSong)
Fifth Harmony, “I’m In Love with A Monster” (“Hotel Transylvania 2”)

Choice Music Breakout Artist (#ChoiceMusicBreakoutArtist)

Choice Music: Next Big Thing (#ChoiceMusicNextBigThing)
Hey Violet

Choice Summer Song (#ChoiceSummerSong)
Fifth Harmony, “Work from Home” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

Choice Summer Music Star: Female (#ChoiceSummerMusicStarFemale)
Selena Gomez

Choice Summer Music Star: Male (#ChoiceSummerMusicStarMale)

Choice Summer Music Star: Group (#ChoiceSummerMusicStarGroup)
5 Seconds of Summer

Choice Summer Tour (#ChoiceSummerTour)
5 Seconds of Summer, “Sounds Live Feels Live Tour”

Choice Music: International Artist (#ChoiceInternationalArtist)
Little Mix

Choice Web Star: Female (#ChoiceFemaleWebStar)
Lilly Singh (“IISuperwomanII”)

Choice Web Star: Male (#ChoiceMaleWebStar)
Dolan Twins

Choice Web Star: Comedy (#ChoiceComedyWebStar)
Lilly Singh (“IISuperwomanII”)

Choice Web Star: Music (#ChoiceMusicWebStar)
Christina Grimmie

Choice Web Star: Fashion/Beauty (#ChoiceBeautyWebStar)
Bethany Mota

Social Media King (#SocialMediaKing)
Cameron Dallas

Social Media Queen (#SocialMediaQueen)
Fifth Harmony

Choice Twit (#ChoiceTwit)
Justin Bieber

Choice Viner (#ChoiceViner)
Lele Pons

Choice Instagrammer (#ChoiceInstagrammer)
Selena Gomez

Choice Snapchatter (#ChoiceSnapchatter)
Kylie Jenner

Choice YouTuber (#ChoiceYouTuber)
Dolan Twins

Choice Muser (#ChoiceMuser)
Baby Ariel

Choice Fandom (#ChoiceFandom)
One Direction, #Directioners

Choice Female Hottie (#ChoiceFemaleHottie)
Kendall Jenner

Choice Male Hottie (#ChoiceMaleHottie)
Harry Styles

Choice Style: Male (#ChoiceStyleMale)
Nick Jonas

Choice Style: Female (#ChoiceStyleFemale)

Choice Male Athlete (#ChoiceMaleAthlete)
Stephen Curry

Choice Female Athlete (#ChoiceFemaleAthlete)
The Bella Twins

Choice Sports Team (#ChoiceSportsTeam)
U.S.A. 2016 Olympic Team

Choice Comedian (#ChoiceComedian)
Ellen DeGeneres

Choice Selfie Taker (#ChoiceSelfieTaker)
Ariana Grand

Choice Dancer (#ChoiceDancer)
Maddie Ziegler

Choice Model (#ChoiceModel)
Kendall Jenner

Choice President (#ChoicePresident)
Hillary Clinton

Photo CR: Scott Kirkland/FOX)

'Sharknado: The 4th Awakens' premieres on SyFy

The fourth movie in the Sharknado family premieres Sunday, July 31 with "Sharknado: The 4th Awakens. This movie takes place five years after the East Coast was ravaged in last summer's "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell O!." Fin Shephard, his family and the cosmos have been blissfully sharknado-free in the intervening years, but now sharks - and 'nados! - are being whipped up in places (and ways) least expected.

"Sharknado: The 4th Awakens" features returning cast members Ian Ziering, David Hasselhoff, Tara Reid and a host of new faces including Gary Busey, Tommy Davidson, Imani Hakim, Cody Linley, Masiela Lusha, Kym Johnson and Cheryl Tiegs among others.

Check out a sneak peek below:


Joey McIntyre to star in an original scripted comedy for Pop

The Joey Mac Project will head into production this fall from Pop TV. The show will feature Joey Mc Intyre of New Kids on the Block. McIntyre himself serves as executive producer along with music and television star Donnie Wahlberg, TV and radio personality Jenny McCarthy, and television producers Tim Gibbons, Paul Greenberg and Jenny Daly.

In the series, Joey McIntyre plays a devoted husband, a loving father of three, and at 43, he’s still the youngest member of New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), but what he really wants is to be taken seriously as an actor. The scripted television comedy series is inspired by Joey’s real life, as the grown-up boy band member and actor who seeks his next showbiz gig after NKOTB’s latest sold out tour. The series will consist of eight episodes of the 30-minute comedy. 

Donnie Walhberg and Jenny McCartney came up with the concept and presented it to POP TV produced two seasons of "Rock The Boat" the series about the band New Kids on the Block and their annual cruise. Walhberg appears in a cameo along with January Jones. Joey McIntyre first hit success and fame at just 13-years-old when he joined New Kids on the Block making him the youngest member of the all-boy band. 

While the band initially split in 1994, Joey continued to pursue his passion for music, songwriting and performing, which led to his film debut in “The Fantasticks” in 1995, “The McCarthys” TV show on CBS and the movie “The Heat,” which was released in theaters last year. 

With NKOTB’s reunion in 2008, Joey has been back on-tour with the band. On the home front, Joey and his wife, Barrett, live in Los Angeles with their three children, Griffin (8), Rhys (6) and Kira (5). “I’ve worked with Joey since we were kids,” explained Executive Producer Donnie Wahlberg, “but seeing all of his many talents come together in this show – I've never been more excited.” 

McIntyre can be currently seen on the second season of "Rock The Boat" the series about the band New Kids on the Block and their annual cruise.

'The Bold and the Beautiful' sneak peek week of August 1

Coming up this week on "The Bold and the Beautiful," the adventure and romance continues in Monte Carlo while things in Los Angeles are just as adventurous.

Check out the spoilers for the week below:
  • Wyatt doesn't believe Liam when he claims that Quinn is in Monte Carlo
  • Tensions are at an all-time high between Steffy and Quinn
  • Ridge finds out about Quinn's trip to Monte Carlo and her relationship with Eric
  • Eric worries about relationship with Steffy now that he is dating Quinn
  • Eva helps Liam sort through his feelings for Steffy and Quinn
  • Eric stops Quinn from making a mistake 
  • Liam finds Steffy alone on the beach 
 Check out the trailer below: 


'Days of our Lives' sneak peek for week of August 1

Coming up this week on "Days of our Lives":

  • Sonny and Paul catch up

  • John and Brady get a lead in Tate’s kidnapping

  • Deimos declares his love for Nicole and they take their relationship to the next level

  • Jennifer and Chad continue their custody battle

  • Rafe and Hope enjoy a romantic evening together

  • Jennifer imagines Jack comforting her

On a programming note, "Days of our Lives" will be preempted from August 8 to August 15 due to the 2016 Summer Olympics.

"Days of our Lives" airs weekdays on NBC.

Katie Couric partners with Nat Geo for 'Gender Revolution' documentary

Katie Couric teams up with the National Geographic Channel for a two-hour documentary, "Gender Revolution," which delivers an in-depth look at the role of genetics, brain chemistry and modern culture on gender fluidity. "Gender Revolution"will premiere on the National Geographic Channel to tie in with the January 2017 Gender issue of National Geographic Magazine.

"It seems that every day, there's a new story and a new vocabulary around gender that's challenging our long-held attitudes and preconceptions about what makes us who we are,” said Couric said in a statement. “Gender Revolution" will go beyond the headlines to examine the why, the how and what it all means, with intimate stories of the people who are at the forefront of this new frontier. We'll also explore how it's impacting almost every aspect of our lives, from bathrooms to boardrooms, and from colleges to competitive sports. Think of it this way: this will be everything you wanted to know about gender but were afraid to ask."

 The January 2017 Gender issue of National Geographic Magazine will have features that look at gender from different perspectives. The magazine will examine the differences along the spectrum of gender, looking both at what determines sex and how gender is perceived to an individual and his or her culture.  The magazine will also look at how girls from different cultures handle the treatment of them, such as genital mutilation and denial of rights and how they are overcoming odds and reaching new heights.


Toni Braxton announces fall tour

July 30, 2016
Toni Braxton has announces her North American tour. The tour will kicking off on Saturday, October 8 in Oakland, California. Braxton will tour more than 15 cities, ending th tour in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, November 12. Most recently, Braxton released “Love, Marriage & Divorce,” a duets album with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. The album took off behind “Hurt You,” the Urban AC #1 duet hit co-written by Toni Braxton & Babyface (with Daryl Simmons and Antonio Dixon), and produced by Babyface. The two also shared the win for Best R&B Album at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards. Today, with over 67 million in sales worldwide and seven Grammy Awards,

Braxton is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of this generation. Braxton stormed the charts in the 90’s with the releases of “Toni Braxton” and “Secrets,” which produced the hit singles and instant classics; “Another Sad Love Song,” “Breathe Again,” “You’re Makin’ Me High,” and “Unbreak My Heart.” This year Braxton was the Executive Producer of the highly-rated Lifetime movie “Unbreak My Heart” which was based on her memoir and she is the star of the WEtv hit reality series Braxton Family Values in its fifth season.

 Toni Braxton Tour Dates: Sat 10/8 Oakland, CA Paramount Theatre Sun 10/9 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater Wed 10/12 Detroit, MI MotorCity Casino Hotel Fri 10/14 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center Sat 10/15 Northfield, OH Hard Rock Live Sun 10/16 Chicago, IL Arie Crown Thurs 10/20 Tupelo, MS Bancorp South Arena Fri 10/21 Tunica, MS Horseshoe Tunica Sat 10/22 Savannah, GA Johnny Mercer Theatre Wed 10/26 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Casino Fri 10/28 Charlestown, WV Hollywood Casino at Charlestown Races Sat 10/29 Baltimore, MD Lyric Theatre Sun 10/30 New Brunswick NJ State Theatre Fri 11/4 Houston, TX Arena Theatre Sat 11/5 Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino Wed 11/9 Englewood, NJ Bergen PAC Thurs 11/10 Westbury, NY Theatre @ Westbury Sat 11/12 Atlantic City, NJ Circus Maximus

 For more information on Toni Braxton please visit www.tonibraxton.com

'The Larry Sanders Show': entire series run to air on HBO

"The Larry Sanders Show," the Emmy award-winning series created by and starring the late Gary Shandling, is returning to HBO. The entire run of the series will begin airing on all of HBO's platforms starting Friday, September 23 and on Monday, September 26. HBO completed the deal to present the entire run of the series the day before Shandling's death.

"The Larry Sanders Show" is a fictional late-night talk show host that ran for six seasons and also starred Rip Torn, Jeffrey Tambor, Linda Doucett, Janeane Garofalo, Penny Johnson, Wallace Langham, Bob Odenkirk, Jeremy Piven, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Scott Thompson.

The show took advantage of the reel life setting with many celebrities playing themselves, including Roseanne Barr, Carol Burnett, Jim Carrey, Ellen DeGeneres, David Duchovny, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jerry Seinfeld, Warren Beatty, Jon Stewart and Robin Williams.

The show received Emmys for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Rip Torn.

Vice-President Biden to appear on 'Law and Order: SVU'

"Law and Order: SVU" has a special episode airing this fall as the show heads into its 18th season. In an episode about awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence, Vice President Joe Biden will guest star on the season's second episode set to air Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 9 pm ET/PT).

The Vice President will appear as himself in a press conference scene where he commends the SVU, led by Lt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), for their work in addressing the national rape kit backlog, specifically in the city of Detroit.

Vice President Biden and Hargitay first came together outside of the show to address after speaking at  the United State of Women Summit at the White House in June to discuss the topic.

New statistics released by the Wayne County Prosecutor's office reflect the success of County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Biden and Hargitay's advocacy efforts.

Of the 11,341 rape kits found in Detroit, nearly 10,000 have now been tested, resulting in 2,616 hits in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), 762 suspected serial rapists identified impacting 40 states and 50 convictions.

The 18th season of "Law & Order: SVU" premieres Wednesday, Sep. 21 on NBC.


National Dance Day Interview Flashback So You Think You Can Dance Gaby & Jim

Today is National Dance Day. In honor of this day, here is an flashback interview with Gaby Diaz and Jim Nowakowski during their time on So You Think You Can Dance.

Marc Anthony to be honored as the 2016 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.

Marc Anthony will be honored as the 2016 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. The ceremony will take place on Wednesday, November 16th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The star-studded gala and tribute concert will feature renditions of Anthony's music catalog by artists and friends. A significant portion of the net proceeds from the gala will benefit the charitable work of the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation, which provides assistance through scholarships, fellowships, grants, and educational programs year-round to music students.

Anthony is a five- time Latin Grammy winner and a two- time Grammy winner. He has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide and received numerous gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. He has also been inaugurated into the Billboard Hall of Fame in 2012, and given a Lifetime Chair's Achievement Award by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. in 2009.

Anthony co-created the non-profit organization Maestro Cares that aims to help orphanages in Latin America. In April 2015, Anthony announced the formation of Magnus Media, whose operating units will include an artist management company, music publishing, digital content creation, film and television, music label, sports division, and an entertainment-centric marketing practice focused on leveraging the power of top Latino content creators worldwide.

The event precedes the 17th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards held at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Univision Network will present the live broadcast on Thursday, November 17th at 8 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. CST.) 

For information on purchasing tickets or tables to this year's Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala, please contact The Latin Recording Academy ticketing office at 310.314.8281 or ticketing@grammy.com.

As the 2016 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year, Anthony joins past recipients that includes Miguel Bosé, Roberto Carlos, Plácido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Vicente Fernández, Juan Luis Guerra, Carlos Santana, Joan Manuel Serrat, Shakira, and Caetano Veloso, among others.

Trailer: The National Geographic Channel's original movie 'Killing Reagan'

July 29, 2016
The National Geographic Channel original movie, "Killing Reagan," premieres Sunday October 16 at 9:00 pm/8:00 central. The movie stars Tim Matheson and Cynthia Nixon as Ronald and Nancy Reagan.

Check out the trailer below:


TV One's original movie 'Ringside' premieres September 4

TV One has another highly anticipated drama coming to the network on Sunday, Spetember 4 called "Ringside." The movie written by Russ Parr and stars Tyler Lepley as Jaxon Holley, an undefeated boxer who faces challenges had on as he prepares for the biggest fight of his career.

In "Ringside," Jaxon is a fast-rising star in the tough world of professional boxing whose "street cred" and perceived worthiness to challenge his upcoming opponent - the current champion - are under fire due to his middle class upbringing and advanced education. As he trains for the title fight against defending champion Spencer "Timber" Collier played by Allen Maldonado does everything he can to take Jaxon off his game. During this busy time he meets Endira, a photographer who captures his heart while hiding a devastating secret.

Tequan Richmond, Jackie Long, Sevyn Streeter, Julissa Bermudez, Charlamagne Tha God, Kwame Patterson and Da'Vone McDonald round out the supporting cast.

 For more information on "Ringside," visit: www.tvone.tv

Check out a live Q&A with the cast about the movie here:

Ringside Q&A

Eddie Murphy stars in 'Mr. Church' heading to theaters in September

July 28, 2016
Coming to theaters is "Mr. Church," starring Eddie Murphy, marking the actor's first dramatic role since his Oscar nominated performance in "Dreamgirls." The film, also starring Britt Robertson and Natascha McElhone, is set for theaters on September 16.

The film tells the story of a lifelong friendship that develops between a young girl (Robertson) and the cook (Murphy) hired to help care for her dying mother (McElhone).

 "We are proud to be a part of Eddie Murphy's return to the big screen, particularly because he's playing a role so different from his previous work," said Cinelou co-Ceo Courtney Solomon. "It's thrilling to see him demonstrate his incredible talent and skill with drama in Mr. Church."

In addition to being released in theaters, "Mr. Church" will also be available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. following the home entertainment release.


'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda hosts PBS Arts Fall Festival

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PBS Arts is back this fall on Friday nights with their Great Performance's series and "Live From Lincoln Center," hosted by Lin-Manuel Miranda, 'Hamilton's" Tony and Grammy Award-winning creator and star. Highlights of the series includes a documentary on the Broadway sensation "Hamilton," named Hamilton's America," and a performance of the legendary hit "Gypsy."

Great Performances “Hamilton’s America,” which debuts October 21, gives viewers a look at Miranda and the "Hamilton" cast as they exercise the creative process of putting on the show that would go on to receive the record-breaking musical winner of 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

“I'm such a huge fan of PBS. For my entire life it’s been our window into a world of the arts that isn’t available anywhere else on TV,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda in a statement. "This year’s PBS Arts Fall Festival lineup is incredible, and I am excited to not only host the festival, but have ‘Hamilton’s America’ kick it off.”

Great Performances will also broadcast a performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “Gypsy,” starring Imelda Staunton as Momma Rose and “Shakespeare Live! From the Royal Shakespeare Company” with Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Live From Lincoln Center debuts “Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody,” a love letter from renowned pianist Lang with a mixture of classical and pop music featuring performances by Rufus Wainwright, Suzanne Vega, Regina Spektor and Andra Day.

Other highlights in Live From Lincoln Center are “Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba” and a special presentation of “Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater,” for Live From Lincoln Center at the Movies.

Full 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival schedule and listings to be announced.


Netflix: Michelle Dockery joins 'Godless' mini-series

Netflix has announced that Emmy nominee Michelle Dockery has been cast as the female lead in their much anticipated mini-series "Godless" also starring Jeff Daniels and Jack O'Connell. The project is slated for a 2017 release.

"Godless" tells the story of Frank Griffin (Daniels), an outlaw hunting down Roy Goode (O’Connell), his student-like partner turned mortal enemy. While Roy hides at Alice Fletcher's (Dockery) ranch, Frank's chase leads him to the quiet town of La Belle, N.M. — which is mysteriously made up of entirely women. Dockery, best known for her role as “Lady Mary” on the international hit series, "Downton Abbey," next stars in "Good Behavior," coming later this fall on TNT.


Netflix: watch the 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life' trailer

July 27, 2016
Netflix is laying on the nostalgia with a first look at their "Gilmore Girls" revival steaming on the subscription site n November. You get a look at Lorelai and Rory today.

"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," a four-part event, premieres November 25. Only on Netflix. The series includes four 90-minute chapters, each spanning one of the four seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" is created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who executive produces, writes and directs the four 90-minute chapters with Daniel Palladino. The project is from Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

The series stars returning cast members Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn and Keiko Agena.

Check out a sneak peek below:


CBS Daytime holds open casting calls for 'The Young and the Restless' and 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

(L-R: Peter Bergman and Daniel Goddard
 photo credit:Sonja Flemming/CBS)
Do you wish that you could attend a Forrester fashion show in Los Angeles or sit next to Liam Spencer on a flight to Australia? How about having a drink with Jack and Cane at the Athletic Club or by served coffee by Esther while Kevin and Mariah talk in public about very private things? 
If you've ever said "I want to be on "The Bold and the Beautiful" or "The Young and the Restless," you're chances of doing so just got better. The Emmy-winning CBS daytime dramas are holding an open casting call for a lucky fan to appear on either "The Bold and the Beautiful" or "The Young and the Restless" according to Soap Opera Digest. 
"Y&R" actor Daniel Goddard), who plays Cane Abbott, will be at a NC audition to join in on the fun. You may even get to audition with him. 
Local CBS affiliates across America will be holding live open castings, and one of the finalists will be chosen by CBS Daytime to appear in an episode of either B&B or Y&R
A list of participating stations with auditions dates and locations are below. 
Click the links for more information on those particular events:
KELO TV / Sioux Falls, SD
July 28th

5pm – 8pm

Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort

Larchwood, SD


WKRG-TV / Pensacola, FL

Saturday, July 30th


Registration opens at 11a

Cordova Mall

Pensacola, FL


WNCN / Raleigh, NC

Saturday, July 30th


Frank Theaters CineBowl and Grille

Cary, NC


(Daniel Goddard, Cane, Y&R, will be at this event!)

WTAJ-TV / Altoona, PA

Friday, August 5th


NutriMost State College


WABI-TV / Eastern and Central Maine

Thursday, August 11th


Bangor, Maine

Sea Dog Brewing Company

CBS3 Philly / Philadelphia, PA

Friday, August 18th


SugarHouse Casino

WCIA / Illinois

Tuesday, August 30th


Green Mill Village

917, Green Mill Rd, Arcola, IL 61910

HollyShorts Film Festival announces official selections

July 25, 2016

The official selections for the 12th Annual HollyShorts Film Festival sponsored by BITPIX have been announced. 
Over 400 of the world’s best short films will be showcased during the annual celebration, which has emerged as one of the leading discovery platforms for the next generation of storytellers in Los Angeles. HollyShorts takes place August 11-20 at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres and other locations throughout Hollywood. 
Among the official selections is "Cuddle Party," a dark comedy Executive Produced by Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Jill Soloway, creator of Amazon’s hit series Transparent. Directed by Matthew Irving Epstein, "Cuddle Party" stars Yvette Nicole Brown (Community, The Odd Couple), Michaela Watkins (Casual,Saturday Night Live), and Rob Huebel (Children's Hospital, Despicable Me). "Cuddle Party" will screen in competition during the festival’s opening night celebration on August 11
This year’s films will be available for online viewing exclusively for a one-week digital window during the festival through HollyShorts’ official streaming partner BITPIX, which is currently available via web, Roku and Amazon Fire. Festival screening tickets, schedule and all access passes are now available for purchase starting today at HollyShorts.com
 This year’s HollyShorts official lineup features ground breaking shorts and world premieres. The 2016 festival’s competitive schedule includes some of the following titles, the full schedule can be viewed on the festival’s website: 
  • The August 12 Adult Animation Program: "Bear Story," the 2016 Oscar winning animated short film from Chilean Director Gabriel Osorio.
  • Festival Du Cannes Official Selection, "Man O Man" from Simon Cartwright  (UK). The Cannes Film Festival Palm D’or winner, from Lebanese Director Ely Dagher, "Waves 98" is also in competition in the block. 
  • "Quenottes (Pearlies), produced by Laurent Witz, directed by Pascal Thiebaux and Animation Supervisor Mickael Coedel. 
  • Pearlies is playing on Friday August 12 at 10pm in the Horror program presented by Eli Roth’s The Crypt platform.  Also in the Horror Program is Shant Hamassian’s "Night of the Slasher" which has won over 35 Awards.
  • Jim Cummings’ Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning short "Thunder Road" will screen at HollyShorts in competition on Saturday August 13 at 7:30pm. 
  • Frankie Shaw’s "Too Legit" which stars Zoe Kravitz, Teresa Palmer, Nate Corddry, Clark Gregg, and Lauren Weedman will also screen on Saturday at the 7:30pm program. 
  • "The Call of Charlie" directed by Nick Spooner and starring Brooke Smith, Evan Arnold and Harry Sinclair will play during the HollyShorts Comedy program on Saturday August 13 at 10pm.
  • Ian Garrido’s "Victor XX(Spain) plays during the LGBT Program on Sunday August 13 at 2:30pm. In the film Victor is unsure if he is really a boy or a girl, so he plays with both identities, but the other people in his life are not as open-minded.
  • HollyShort’s Visual Effects Sci Fi program takes place on Sunday at7:30pm, while the The Fantasy Sci Fi is Program is on Monday August 15 at 7:30pm followed by it’s Music Video Program at 10pm
  • There will be 2 Documentary programs: one show on Monday August 15 at 12pm and the other on August 18 at 12pm. The Documentary competition includes shorts such as Joshua Neuman’s "Johnny Physical Lives, "the story of the secret world of two brothers making a rock n’ roll documentary as one goes through treatment for leukemia. When younger brother Jonathan passes away in the midst of the production, older brother Joshua must finish the project on his own. 
  • Also included is Bryan Storkel’s The Dean Scream from FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films, which explores 2004, Democratic candidate Howard Dean, who raised his voice, balled his fist and entered political history as a man whose immoderate speaking style cost him a career. 
  • Some of the country’s top film schools will be represented at HollyShorts in the Student Program including NYU Tisch, AFI, USC, AFI, New York Film Academy, UCLA, Chapman among others. The Student showcase is Thursday August 18 at 7:30pm.  
  • Meko Winbush’s short This Path starring Ryan Rottman screens onTuesday August 16 at 10pm.
Director and Producer Jennifer Morrison (ABC’s Once Upon A Time) will be honored with the 2016 HollyShorts Trailblazer Award presented by Women in Film at the 12 Annual Festival. She will accept the Award during the festival’s opening night celebration. 
2016 HollyShorts Sponsors include: 33 Taps, Avenue 17 Studios, BarkTHINS, BITPIX, Crypt, Delmay Partners, Film L.A., Final Draft, Harmony Gold Theater, Hint Water, Hollywood Short Film Association, inDspotlight, Ignited Spaces, Integro Entertainment Group/Robertson Taylor International, Jungle Software, Lexus Short Films, LightSPEED, Lyft, Media Inc. Magazine, Mingle Media, Monster Energy, OHM Nightclub, ProductionHUB, Red Giant Software, Seed & Spark, Stage 32, TCL Chinese 6 Theatres, TinHorn Flats, True Vision Entertainment, Women in Film and Zoopa.
The HollyShorts schedule is now live and can be seen at hollyshorts.com. The top 12-15 winning films from this year’s competition will receive a one-week theatrical run in theaters following the festival, qualifying them for Awards season.