Fox to air 'Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey' documentary

February 28, 2018
Photo Credit: The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
The never-before-seen documentary "Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey" will air this Sunday, March 4 (7:00-8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The one-hour special offers a unique look into the life of the renowned minister, who passed away last week. Airing with limited commercial interruptions, the documentary details Graham’s journey as a dairy farmer’s son who rose to prominence, becoming one of the most important religious leaders in modern history. It showcases his work during the civil rights movement in the United States and his influential ministry to 215 million people in 185 countries and territories.

It also features interviews with prominent broadcasters and personalities, including Tom Brokaw, Larry King, Charles Gibson, Kathie Lee Gifford and Brit Hume.

Reverend Billy Graham served as a trusted spiritual advisor to many U.S. Presidents. He also was a guest at nine inaugurations – participating in four swearing-in ceremonies. He was a published author with 34 books and received multiple accolades for his work throughout his lifetime, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Congressional Gold Medal and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The documentary will be produced by Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Duane Gaylord and Tim Smith serve as executive producers. 
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WonderCon 2018: cast of Freeform's 'Siren' to appear

The cast and executive producers of the upcoming mermaid drama, “Siren,” heads to WonderCon on Saturday, March 24 in Anaheim, CA. They will show fans never-before-seen footage and discuss the upcoming series, which debuts on Thursday, March 29, with a special two-hour premiere (8:00 p.m. ET). 
                                                  
Among those coming to WonderCon include series regular stars Eline Powell (‘Ryn’), Alex Roe (‘Ben’), Fola Evans-Akingbola (‘Maddie’), Ian Verdun (‘Xander’), Sibongile Mlambo (‘Donna’), Rena Owen (‘Helen’) and executive producers Emily Whitesell and Eric Wald.

In this epic tale, the coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of once being home to mermaids, is turned upside down when a mysterious girl (Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc upon the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben (Roe) and Maddie (Evans-Akingbola) must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land and are there more like her out there?

“Siren” is based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White who both serve as executive producers. 
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Oscar spotlight: Diane Warren talks Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for 'Marshall'

Diane Warren
Photo Credit: P. Thomas
Diane Warren has received her ninth Oscar Nomination. She is nominated with Common for Best Original Song for "Stand Up For Something". Warren wrote the song with Common who performs the song with Andra Day. The song is from the movie "Marshall" which is a biopic about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

Warren has one of the longest careers in the music industry. Her three-decade career includes 15 Grammy nominations, nine number-ones on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Her success includes writing hit songs from Aerosmith's “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”, Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me”, Lee Ann Rimes's "How Do I Live" and Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart."

TVMusic Network spoke with Warren at The Movies for Grown Up Awards. Click on the link to see Warren talk about being nominated, how the song came about and more.


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Oscars 2018: Lupita Nyong’o, Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle and Nicole Kidman among presenters

The Oscars have announced more presenters for the live ceremony to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on Sunday, March 4, on the ABC Television Network.

The additional presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Emily Blunt, Sandra Bullock, Dave Chappelle, Eugenio Derbez, Ansel Elgort, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Eiza González, Ashley Judd, Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey, Helen Mirren, Rita Moreno, Lupita Nyong’o and Christopher Walken.

Blunt starred in “The Girl on the Train” (2016) and the Oscar-nominated film “Sicario” (2015).  Her starring roles also include the Oscar-nominated films “Into the Woods” (2014) and “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), as well as the Oscar-winning film “The Young Victoria” (2009). Blunt’s credits also include “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014) and “The Five-Year Engagement” (2012).  She will next appear in “A Quiet Place” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bullock won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Blind Side” (2009).  In addition, she was nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “Gravity” (2013).  Her credits also include the Oscar-winning films “Crash” (2005) and “Speed” (1994), as well as the Oscar-nominated “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” (2011).  Bullock’s recent credits include “Our Brand Is Crisis” (2015), “Minions” (2015), “The Proposal” (2009) and “Miss Congeniality” (2000).  She will next appear in “Ocean’s 8” and “Bird Box.”

Chappelle is a comic and actor. His film credits include “Chi-Raq” (2015), “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” (2005), “Undercover Brother” (2002), “Blue Streak” (1999), “Half Baked” (1998), “You’ve Got Mail” (1998), “The Nutty Professor” (1996), “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” (1993) and the Oscar-nominated film “Con Air” (1997). He will next appear in “A Star Is Born."

Derbez most recently starred in “How to Be a Latin Lover” (2017) and “Miracles from Heaven” (2016).  His credits also include “Instructions Not Included (2013)” and “Under the Same Moon” (2007).  He will next appear in “Overboard” and “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”

Elgort starred in the Oscar-nominated “Baby Driver” (2017).  His starring roles also include “Men, Women & Children” (2014) and “The Fault in Our Stars” (2014). Additionally, Elgort’s credits include “Allegiant” (2016) and “Insurgent” (2015). He will next appear in “Jonathan” and “The Goldfinch.”

Fonda won Oscars for her Leading Role performances in “Coming Home” (1978) and “Klute” (1971). Additionally, she was nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Morning After” (1986), “The China Syndrome” (1979), “Julia” (1977) and “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (1969). Fonda received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for “On Golden Pond” (1981). Fonda’s extensive credits also include the Oscar-winning films “California Suite” (1978) and “Cat Ballou” (1965), as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Youth” (2015), “Agnes of God” (1985), “Nine to Five” (1980), “The Electric Horseman” (1979), “Comes a Horseman” (1978), “Barefoot in the Park” (1967) and “Period of Adjustment” (1962). She will next appear in “Book Club.” 

Foster has won two Oscars for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Accused” (1988) followed by “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991). Additionally, Foster earned an Oscar-nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Nell” (1994). She also received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Taxi Driver” (1976).  Her extensive credits include the Oscar-winning film “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (1974), as well as the Oscar-nominated films “A Very Long Engagement” (2004), “Anna and the King” (1999), “Contact” (1997), “Maverick” (1994) and “Bugsy Malone” (1976).  Foster also starred in “Elysium” (2013), “Inside Man” (2006), “Flightplan” (2005) and “Panic Room” (2002).  Her directing credits include “Money Monster” (2016), “The Beaver” (2011) and “Home for the Holidays” (1995). She will next appear in “Hotel Artemis.”

González starred in the Oscar-nominated “Baby Driver” (2017). She will next appear in “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Highway” and “The Women of Marwen.”

Judd starred in the “Divergent Series”: “Allegiant” (2016), “Insurgent” (2015) and “Divergent” (2014). Her film credits also include the Oscar-winning “Frida” (2002). Additionally, she’s appeared in “Dolphin Tale 2” (2014), “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013), “Tooth Fairy” (2010), “Helen” (2009) and “De-Lovely” (2004). Judd will next appear in “A Dog’s Way Home.”

Kidman won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Hours” (2002).  She also received nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for “Rabbit Hole” (2010) and “Moulin Rouge” (2001). Kidman received a nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Lion” (2016).  Her credits include the Oscar-winning films “The Golden Compass” (2007), “Happy Feet” (2006) and “Cold Mountain” (2003), as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Nine” (2009), “Australia” (2008), “The Portrait of a Lady” (1996) and “Batman Forever” (1995).  Most recently, she starred in “The Beguiled” (2017) and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” (2017).  She will next appear in “Boy Erased” and “Destroyer.”

McConaughey won an Oscar for Actor in a Leading Role for “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013).  He also starred in “Mud” (2012) and “The Lincoln Lawyer” (2011). McConaughey will next appear in “White Boy Rick” and “Serenity.”

Mirren won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Queen” (2006).  She also earned a nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Last Station” (2009).  In addition, Mirren was nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for the films “Gosford Park” (2001) and “The Madness of King George” (1994).  Her recent film credits include “The Leisure Seeker” (2017), “Eye in the Sky” (2015), “Trumbo” (2015), “Woman in Gold” (2015) and “The Hundred-Foot Journey” (2014). She will next appear in “Anna,” “Berlin, I Love You” and “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”

Moreno won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “West Side Story” (1961). Additionally, she appeared in the Oscar-winning film “The King and I” (1956), as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Carnal Knowledge” (1971), “Summer and Smoke” (1961) and “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952). Her extensive body of work also includes “Rio 2” (2014), “The Four Seasons” (1981) and “The Ritz” (1976).

Nyong’o won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “12 Years a Slave” (2013).  Most recently, she starred in the Oscar-nominated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (2017) and “Black Panther.” Her credits also include the Oscar-winning film “The Jungle Book” (2016) and the Oscar-nominated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (2015), as well as “Queen of Katwe” (2016).  Nyong’o will next appear in “Little Monsters.”

Walken won an Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role for “The Deer Hunter” (1978). In addition, he received a nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Catch Me If You Can” (2002). Walken also appeared in the Oscar-winning films “Pulp Fiction” (1994), “Annie Hall” (1977), as well as the Oscar-nominated “The Jungle Book” (2016), “The Milagro Beanfield War” (1988), “Pennies from Heaven” (1981), “Heaven’s Gate” (1981) and “Hairspray” (2007).  His film credits also include “Father Figures” (2017), “Jersey Boys” (2014), “A Late Quartet” (2012), “Seven Psychopaths” (2012) and “Stand Up Guys” (2012). Most recently he starred in “The War with Grandpa.”

The 90th Oscars, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. 
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Manhattan Transfer announce 2018 tour dates

The Manhatten Transfer are L-R): Alan Paul, Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel and Trist Curless
Legendary vocal group The Manhattan Transfer is on a U.S. tour which heads to a number of cities across the country starting including Los Angeles on March 9.

The Manhattan Transfer became the first group to win Grammy awards in the pop and jazz categories in one year (1981) for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for“Boy From New York City” and “Best Jazz Performance Duo or Group” for “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket).” 

In 1985, their album Vocalese made history as the single greatest Grammy-nominated album in history in one year with 12 nominations. Vocalese earned two Grammys: “Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Duo or Group”; and “Best Vocal Arrangement for Two or More Voices” for “Another Night in Tunisia” (won by Bentyne and Bobby McFerrin). The group is set to release their first album in 10 years, "The Junction"  next month. 

The first single from the album, “Cantaloop (Flip Out!)” is available on Digital and the album is available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes on February 16.


The Manhattan Transfer’s upcoming 2018 tour dates are as follows:

3/9/18              Saban Theater                   Los Angeles, CA
3/10/18            San Diego Symphony           San Diego, CA
3/14/18            Il Rialto Square Theater                  Joliet, IL
3/16/18            Wharton Center                 Traverse City, MI
3/30/18            Fox Theater                         Hutchinson, KS
5/5/18              Grand Opera House              Galveston, TX

Additional dates to be announced.

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WonderCon 2018: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', 'Marvel's Clock & Dagger' appearances announced

Marvel Television is bringing an impressive line up to WonderCon this year which takes place March 23 to March 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Check out the line up below.

MARVEL TELEVISION PANEL SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD 

MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER

Anaheim Convention Center, March 23, 2018 – 4:45PM – North 200A
Join series stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, along with executive producer and Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb, executive producer and showrunner Joe Pokaski, and director Gina Prince-Bythewood for a must-see panel featuring a sneak peak at the highly-anticipated new series.

Freeform’s new original series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened by newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and finds hope in the light, while Tyrone has the ability to control darkness which gives him the power he needs. They quickly learn they are better together than apart as they join forces to seek justice for the loved ones they lost early on. You won’t want to miss this!

SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH


MARVEL ANIMATION: FROM PENCIL TO SCREEN -- Anaheim Convention Center, March 24, 2018 – 12:30PM – 300D

Join Marvel Animation for a behind the scenes journey through all aspects of production and development! You’ll get an exclusive look at how Marvel assembles acclaimed animated series and projects such as Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout and the highly-anticipated Marvel Rising, as well as an inside glimpse at the popular Marvel Funko animated shorts and Marvel LEGO Super Heroes – Black Panther: Trouble in Wakanda. Led by Cort Lane (SVP, Animation and Family Entertainment) and featuring several special guests, the Marvel Animation team will share rare insight into the writing process, voice direction, production, never-before-seen sneak peeks from upcoming projects and tons of scoops on future storylines. Don’t miss it!

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. -- Anaheim Convention Center, March 24, 2018 – 4:45PM - Arena

Your favorite agents are back in Anaheim! Join Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward, along with executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, to talk all things Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season five! Find out what’s coming up with a Q&A and sneak peek of a never-before-seen episode. The action-packed series from Marvel Television airs Friday nights at 9|8c on ABC!

*Talent is subject to change.

MARVEL TELEVISION AUTOGRAPH SIGNING SCHEDULE:

Please note that the WonderCon online Exclusives Portal will launch on February 28th and at that time WonderCon Anaheim badge holders can log-in and create a list of exclusive signings they’d be interested in attending. On March 19th, WonderCon attendees will be selected at random and receive an email confirmation with more details.


FRIDAY, MARCH 23rd

MARVEL’S CLOAK & DAGGER – Exclusive Signing Room – 1:30-2:30PM

Freeform and Marvel will be hosting a special exclusive autograph signing with cast and executive producers from their highly anticipated new original series "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger." For more information on "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger," please visit www.freeform.go.com.


SATURDAY, MARCH 24th

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Exclusive Signing Room – 3:00-4:00PM

Marvel is excited to announce a special exclusive autograph signing with the cast and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

"Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs Fridays at 9:00 p.m. |8:00 p.m. c on ABC. Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger will debut on Freeform on Thursday, June 7th at 8|7c.
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WonderCon 2018: 'Black Lightning', 'Teen Titans Go', 'Krypton' panels announed

It's that time again! Warner Bros. TV and Warner Bros. Animation have announced their WonderCon 2018 lineup taking place March 23 through March 25 at the Anaheim Convention Center. 

Full lineup below: 

Friday, March 23

2:30–3:30 p.m. Unikitty! Special Video Presentation and Q&A — WonderCon attendees will be transported to a joyous kingdom full of sparkle matter, happy thoughts and the occasional rage-out when Unikitty! takes the stage.  Bring your positive vibes and join our panel of producers and members of the voice cast for a behind-the-scenes look at the hit animated series starring your favorite character from The LEGO® Movie.  Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Unikitty! airs Fridays at 6:30/5:30c on Cartoon Network.  Room: North 200B

3:30–4:30 p.m. Teen Titans Go! Special Video Presentation and Q&A — The Titans are back at WonderCon and they’re bringing all the fun, laughs and hilarious hijinks that are part of every Teen Titans Go! panel.  You only need to bring your questions (and maybe some waffles and pie) for producers Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath and voice actor Greg Cipes who will answer your questions about all things Titans.   Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Teen Titans Go! airs Fridays at 6/5c on Cartoon Network.  Room: North 200B

6:00–7:00 p.m. The 100 Special Video Presentation and Q&A — With season five premiering on Tuesday, April 24 at 9/8c on The CW, The 100 makes its return to Anaheim for a special appearance at WonderCon with a sneak peek into the new season. More than six years have passed since Praimfaya has ravaged the planet and killed most of the human race. As Clarke waits to hear from the group on the Ark, or in the bunker, a prison ship drops from the sky. Are they friend or foe?  And what do they want? Join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Christopher Larkin, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon and Tasya Teles and producer Jason Rothenberg. From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. Room: North 200A

Saturday, March 24

10:00–11:00 a.m. Constantine World Premiere Screening — A WonderCon Anaheim exclusive! Don’t miss the world premiere screening of the first episodes of the animated Constantine series for CW Seed!  This new series from Blue Ribbon Content and Warner Bros. Animation follows DC’s popular comic book character John Constantine (voiced by the live-action series star Matt Ryan), a seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult.  Constantine is executive produced by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Constantine, Krypton), Greg Berlanti (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning), and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, Riverdale, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning).  Join series star Matt Ryan, plus series writer J.M. DeMatteis (Justice League Dark, Batman vs. Robin) and Blue Ribbon Content & Warner Bros. Animation’s Peter Girardi for a Q&A session after the screening.  The first season of Constantine begins streaming March 24 at http://www.cwseed.com.  Room: North 200A

 2:00–3:00 p.m. Krypton Special Video Presentation and Q&A — The never-before-told story of Superman’s ancestors, set two generations before the destruction of his home planet, Krypton follows Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) as he’s faced with a life or death conflict – to save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson.

Join showrunner and executive producer Cameron Welsh (Ash vs. Evil Dead), DC Entertainment executive Dan Evans, and stars Cameron Cuffe (The Halcyon), Georgina Campbell (Black Mirror) and Shaun Sipos (Melrose Place) as they provide exclusive insight into this highly-anticipated new series from executive producer David S. Goyer, Warner Horizon Scripted Television, DC Entertainment and SYFY.  Krypton premieres March 21 and airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on SYFY. Room North 200A

Sunday, March 25

10:30–11:15 a.m. Lucifer Exclusive Screening of Brand New Episode — Consider this your deal with the devil! Lucifer fans will not only have the opportunity to screen an upcoming episode of the devilish drama, but also a special video message from series stars Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Tom Welling and Aimee Garcia.  From Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television, and based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for Vertigo from DC Entertainment, Lucifer airs Mondays at 9/8c on FOX.  Room: Arena

12:45–1:45 p.m. Black Lightning All-New Episode and Q&A — Where there is darkness, there is…Black Lightning. Jefferson Pierce made his choice: he hung up the suit and his secret identity years ago. But with crime and corruption spreading like wildfire, and those he cares about in the crosshairs of the menacing local gang, The One Hundred, he must return as Black Lightning — to save not only his family but also the soul of his community. Join series producers and writers to watch the electrifying never-before-seen “Sins of the Father” episode of Black Lightning, followed by a Q&A session.  Based on the DC character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden, Black Lightning is produced by Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Black Lightning airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on The CW.  Room: Arena

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PHOTOS: 'Coco': City of Los Angeles declares 'Coco Day in L.A.'

February 27, 2018
Today, the City of Los Angeles declared "Coco’ Day in L.A.” in celebration of the home entertainment release of Disney•Pixar’s animated feature film "Coco."  

L.A. City Councilmember Gil Cedillo presented the honors at City Hall to Director Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and Producer Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”).  Voice talent in attendance included Anthony Gonzalez (the voice of Miguel), Renee Victor (the voice of Abuelita), Gabriel Iglesias (voice of the Clerk), Alfonso Arau (the voice of Papa Julio), Selene Luna (Voice of Tia Rosita), Lombardo Boyar (voice of Mariachi/Gustavo), Blanca Araceli (voice of Emcee), Dyana Ortelli (voice of Tia Victoria) and Carlos Moreno Jr. (the voice of a handful of characters including Corn Man).

"Coco" is nominated for two Academy Awards - Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song “Remember Me,” and also won the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Motion Picture. 

"Coco" is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand and can also be found digitally on HD and 4K Ultra HD as well as on Movies Anywhere. 
(Photos: Getty Images)





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Interview: Josh Duhamel on making 'Unsolved:The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.'

Josh Duhamel as Detective Greg Kading
Photo: Isabella Vosmikova/USA Network
Hollywood has long told the story of some of the most infamous unsolved crimes of the rich and famous - now it tackles another one in USA Network's new limited series, “Unsolved: The Murders Of Tupac And The Notorious B.I.G.” The 10-episode true-crime series follows the police investigations of Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) and Detective Russell Poole (Jimmi Simpson) into the controversial murders of rappers, Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. (Wavyy Jonez).  

Greg Kading, a former LAPD Detective from the 2006 investigation into the murders is the author of the book "Murder Rap," and also serves as co-executive producer on the series. 

Kading's book is something that Duhamel relied heavily on when shooting the series as well as direct contact with Kading himself. 

"You know, the amount of information that you get from the book, I watched everything that I could get my hands on," Duhamel said about researching for the role. "I used him as a resource constantly.  He was on set with us most of the time.  But, for me, what was more, I wanted to know, what it felt like to actually go through that and how invested he got and how invested Russell Poole got in this.
And it was really about these two guys, one of which pretty much lost everything because of it, including his life.  And my character, who sort of paralleled him, ten years later, almost went down that same rabbit hole because they became so obsessed and so invested in finding justice for both Tupac and Biggie's families."

At the root of the story for Duhamel is how the impact the murders and investigations had on everyone around the rappers. 

"The obstacles we had to overcome to make this show legally and musically were tremendous. To me what this [story] really is about is, not just because they were famous pop stars,  but it's also about what its like to lose a family member; what does a mother go through; what about the people around them? For many reasons [the investigators] were unable to do it officially. I believe we know who did it but the fact that we're never really able to give Voletta Wallace, Chris's mother, true justice is pretty tragic." 

The music of the two artists remains some of the most talked about and listened to of all-time. For Duhamel, the 20-year anniversary of their deaths has brought it even more into the spotlight. 

"I was a fan of Tupac and Biggie well before I got this job," Duhamel told TVMusic Network. "They are two icon Rap, Hip Hop superstars who really pushed the envelope and affected a whole generation. I'm a kid who grew up in North Dakota as far from New York City and California as you can be and I listened to their stuff all the time when I was younger. When I first moved to California, I was living up North close to where Tupac lived in Marin City so I learned a lot more about him then. He died shortly after and then Biggie died. I knew but I didn't really now obviously. Getting ready for this part was completely different. It's bizarre and wild. You couldn't write this... You couldn't make it up."

"Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G." airs Tuesdays at on 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on USA Network.  

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Interview: Shari Belafonte talks Hollywood, Harry Belafonte and 'General Hospital'

February 26, 2018
Photo: ABC
Actress Shari Belafonte chats with TVMusic Network about her famous father, Harry Belafonte, working as an actress in Hollywood, James Baldwin and working on "General Hospital." Belafonte was on hand at this year's Movies For Grownups Awards to present the award for Best Documentary for the movie "I'm Not Your Negro" which featured her father - Hollywood legend Harry Belafonte. 

Check out the interview below.

Shari Belafonte:

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Oscar Spotlight Interview: 'The Greatest Showman' director Michael Gracey

Director Michael Gracey chats with TVMusic Network about his  Oscar-nominated movie "The Greatest Showman." It's original song "This Is Me" is written by Oscar winners  Benj Pasek and  Justin Paul. Keala Settle, who sang the song in the movie will perform it live at the Oscars.  The 90th Academy Awards air Sunday, March 4 on ABC.

Check out the interview with Gracey below.

Michael Gracey:
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Watch: 'The Voice' Coach Campaign - Why contestants should pick them

"The Voice" is back, premiering tonight with Alica Keys, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine returning to another round alongside new judge Kelly Clarkson. 

As the first winner of the rival show "American Idol," Clarkson will most likely be the coach that most contestants will have their eye on. 

So who would you pick if the coaches turned their chairs for you? 
Watch the clip below as the Fab Four each pleads their case for why they are the best coach then watch "The Voice" on Monday and Tuesdays on NBC to see who the hopefuls pick. 


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TCM Classic Film Festival 2018: Mel Brooks, Robert Benton among special guests

The 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival is heading back to Hollywood from April 26- April 29. A wide range of films will be covered this year with a wide range of programming themes, including the festival's central theme Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen. 

This year's special guests include Hollywood icon Mel Brooks who will introduce his Oscar-winning film, "The Producers." 

Brooks won his first Oscar in 1964 for writing and narrating the animated short The Critic (1963) and his second in 1969 for the screenplay of his first feature film, The Producers (1968). Many hit comedy films followed including The Twelve Chairs (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974), Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977), History of the World Part I (1981), To Be or Not to Be (1983), Spaceballs (1987), Life Stinks (1991), Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).

 In keeping with TCM tradition, all Festival screenings include special introductions to provide context about each film.  Specific details about each screening will be announced in the weeks and months ahead, including guest appearances by actors, actresses, directors, producers and other key figures.

ANNOUNCED 2018 SPECIAL GUESTS
CRAIG BARRON - Visual-Effects Artist and Sound Designer
ROBERT BENTON - Writer, Director
MEL BROOKS - Director, Producer, Actor, Writer
BEN BURTT - Visual-Effects Artist and Sound Designer
MARSHA HUNT - Actress
BEN MODEL - Musician
MONT ALTO MOTION PICTURE ORCHESTRA - Chamber Ensemble

For more info and ticket information, visit: TCM Classic Film Festival
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TCM Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood April 26 - April 29

"His Girl Friday" starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell  will be screened at the 2018
TCM Classic Film Festival in April.
The 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival is heading back to Hollywood from April 26- April 29. A wide range of films will be covered this year with a wide range of programming themes, including the festival's central theme Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen. 

In keeping with TCM tradition, all Festival screenings include special introductions to provide context about each film.  Specific details about each screening will be announced in the weeks and months ahead, including guest appearances by actors, actresses, directors, producers and other key figures.

For more info and ticket information, visit: TCM Classic Film Festival

The films featured are listed below: 

THE BLACK STALLION (1979)
Teri Garr stars alongside Mickey Rooney, who received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role, in this drama about a resilient, shipwrecked boy and his bond with an Arabian stallion.

BULLITT (1968)
Steve McQueen stars in this 50th-anniversary action film featuring an iconic car chase sequence that helped earn the film an Oscar for Best Editing.

FAIL-SAFE (1964)
Sidney Lumet directs Henry Fonda and Walter Matthau in a U.S. premiere restoration of this thrilling Cold War drama that finds the U.S. and the Soviet Union in a nuclear crisis.

HAMLET (1948)
The 70th-anniversary screening of Shakespeare’s unforgettable tale adapted by Laurence Olivier, which earned seven Oscar nominations and four wins including Best Picture and Lead Actor.

HIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940)
In this Howard Hawks screwball comedy, Cary Grant stars as a newspaper editor that tries to lure his ex-wife (Rosalind Russell) back into his life the day before she remarries.

KRAMER VS KRAMER (1979)
Robert Benton’s tale of a couple dealing with divorce and the ensuing custody battle over their son earned five Academy Awards, including Best Director and Screenplay for Benton, Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman, Best Supporting Actress for Meryl Streep and Best Picture.

NONE SHALL ESCAPE (1944)
Presented in a world premiere restoration, Marsha Hunt stars as the former fiancée of a Nazi officer forced to confront his crimes on trial through the eyes of the witnesses testifying against him.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)
In this iconic silent horror film, Lon Chaney, the “man with the thousand faces,” stars as a disfigured murderer who haunts the Paris Opera House in order to make an opera singer he loves a star.  This presentation will feature live musical accompaniment by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

PLACES IN THE HEART (1984)
Writer/Director Robert Benton earned an Academy Award for his screenplay and Sally Field took home the Oscar for Best Actress starring as a Texas widow struggling to maintain her family farm during the Great Depression in this star-studded drama featuring John Malkovich, Danny Glover and Ed Harris.

THE PRODUCERS (1968)
This world premiere restoration celebrating its 50th anniversary stars Zero Mostel as a broke theatrical producer and Gene Wilder as his accountant, who decide to get rich by producing a Broadway musical flop. This opening night screening will feature a live pre-film conversation with writer, director, actor and producer Mel Brooks.

THE SEA WOLF (1941)
An escaped convict (Ida Lupino) and writer find shelter on a boat that mutinies against its ruthless captain (Edward G. Robinson) in this Michael Curtiz adaption of Jack London’s original novel. This screening features 14 minutes of missing footage from the original theatrical release.

THE SET-UP (1949)
Robert Ryan is a washed-up boxer whose crooked manager bets against him to lose a rigged fight in the in this classic noir.

SHOW PEOPLE (1928)
In this silent film, King Vidor directs Marion Davies in one of her most beloved comedic roles as a Georgia girl who must navigate the ups and downs of becoming a Hollywood star. This presentation will feature live musical accompaniment by musician Ben Model.

THE TAKING OF PELHAM ONE TWO THREE (1974)
Walter Matthau stars as a lieutenant who must negotiate with armed hijackers for the safety of a New York City subway train in this thriller based on a novel by John Godey.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956)
Featuring ground-breaking special effects, this Biblical epic, starring Charlton Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Pharaoh Ramesses II, marks legendary director Cecil B. DeMille’s final and most successful film. This screening will be preceded by a special presentation from Oscar-winning visual effects artists and sound designers Craig Barron and Ben Burtt.

THRONE OF BLOOD (1957)
Shakespeare’s Macbeth gets reimagined and set in feudal Japan in this Akira Kurosawa masterpiece about a warrior whose ambitious wife convinces him to murder his superior so that he can rise to glory.

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (1944)
Based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway, this Howard Hawks World War II drama stars Humphrey Bogart as an American immigrant and skipper-for-hire whose romance with a mysterious singer, played by Lauren Bacall in her big screen debut, is complicated by a French Resistance leader trying to escape persecution.

WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942)
Sparks flew between Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy on screen and off in this Oscar-winning romantic comedy, the first of Hepburn and Tracy’s nine collaborations together, directed by George Stevens.

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'The Young and the Restless' sneak peek week of February 26

February 25, 2018
(L-R): Sharon Case, Gina Tognoni and Joshua Morrow star on "The Young and the Restless" airing weekdays on CBS.
Photo: CBS

Here's what's coming up this week on "The Young and the Restless" airing weekdays on CBS. 

Monday, February 26
Nick adjusts to life without Chelsea
Mariah comforts Hilary
Lily worries about Devon

Tuesday, February 27 
Victor surprises Phyllis
Victoria quizzes Reed about J.T.'s past
Sharon comes clean

Wednesday, February 28 
Nick learns the truth about Christian
Ashley turns to Billy for help
Jack schemes with Victoria

Thursday, March 1 
Victor and Nick reach an understanding
Nikki finds out that Victor covered for Chelsea
Lily offers J.T. advice

Friday, March 2 
A crisis unites Jack and Ashley
Nick receives a surprise visitor
Devon discovers that Hilary is keeping a secret

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Watch: Life Is a Battle, Here's How Hers Began - 'Roxanne Roxanne' (Video)

Check out the trailer for Netflix's upcoming movie "Roxanne Roxanne" about the life of R & B artist
Roxanne Shante coming to Netflix on March 23.

Written and Directed by - Michael Larnell

Starring - Chanté Adams, Nia Long, Mahershala Ali, Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips, Shenell Edmonds, Adam Horovitz
Producers -  Nina Yang Bongiovi, Mimi Valdes, Forest Whitaker and Pharrell Williams
Executive Producers - Michael Y. Chow, Michael Shen and Roxanne Shanté

In the early 1980s, the most feared battle MC in Queens, New York, was a fierce teenage girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. At the age of 14, Lolita "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden was well on her way to becoming a hip-hop legend as she hustled to provide for her family while defending herself from the dangers of the streets of the Queensbridge Projects in NYC.

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Watch: John Legend rehearse for 'Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert' (Video)

NBC has unveiled its first-look of John Legend rehearsing from "Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert." The production will air live Easter Sunday, April 1 at 8 pm ET/PT in front of a large audience at the Marcy Armory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, N.Y. 

"Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert," will be a concert staging of this iconic rock opera. The production stars John Legend as Jesus Christ, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas, Alice Cooper as King Herod, Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Norm Lewis as Caiaphas, Jin Ha as Annas, Jason Tam as Peter and Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes.

"Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert" will be executive produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice, Marc Platt, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, John Legend, Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and Alex Rudzinski.

Check out  sneak peek of John Legend below:

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'Gringo': Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo talk starring in new Action-Comedy


In the upcoming movie “Gringo, ” starring Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo and Joel Edgerton, a mild-mannered American businessman (Oyelowo) finds himself in over his head after traveling to Mexico. He soon crosses the line from citizen to criminal, while tangling with shady colleagues, international mercenaries, drug lords and the DEA.

The film opens Friday, March 9. The Amazon Studios action comedy has a mashup of genres that makes for an entertaining film.

Oyelowo and Theron sat down with Yahoo Entertainment to discuss the film noting how it is different in tone from any film they’ve done so far.

“What I like about it is that [the tone] is difficult to pin down,” said Oyelowo. “It’s a mashup of comedy, of drama, there’s a bit of social commentary in there. There’s a bit of action in there and I think there’s kind of a freshness that comes with me getting to play this kind of role – not only that but he’s a Nigerian immigrant as well. We’re not politically correct in the film. Nash Eggerton, our director, did a brilliant job of putting these elements altogether to make it feel like it’s own thing.”

The film has a talented cast, including Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton and Paris Jackson in one of her first film roles. The cast got to play characters they haven’t necessarily played in the past.

For Theron who is also a producer on the film, says her role of Elaine is one that she’s become familiar with.

“I’ve played a couple of bitches in the past,” she the Oscar-winning actress joked to Yahoo. “Picasso had a ‘blue period’ and I definitely had a ‘bitch’ period. She’s incredibly ignorant on top of her bitchiness so I think that’s what makes her somewhat outrageous. [The tone of the film], what ensues so much comedy out of this action-driven film, is the fact that a lot of the characters that we play are based on reality. It was important for us to really look at them that way instead of making them caricatures. So that was fun for me for sure. Some of the stuff that I had to say to people make me uncomfortable…I found myself apologizing profusely to the cast and crew after every scene I shot.”

One of the film’s newcomers is Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson. On working with her Theron says, “She came in and auditioned. She was super prepared and really wanted to do it. She had a real passion for it. We had originally written it for a young male and she just blew us out of the water and we were like ‘no, she’s the person for it.’”

Check out a sneak peek of “Gringo” below:

“Gringo” -- Directed By Nash Edgerton

Screenplay By Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone

Produced By Rebecca Yeldham, Nash Edgerton, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Charlize Theron and Anthony Tambakis

Starring Joel Edgerton, David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton, Sharlto Copley and Harry Treadaway.
An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth - or two steps ahead?

 Rated R | 110 minute
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PHOTOS: Chris Pratt, Josh Duhamel, Nick Lachey, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Kendra Wilkinson attend Monster Jam

February 24, 2018 was a night of stars for Monster Jam in Anaheim California. Celebs including Chris Pratt, Nick Lachey, Kendra and Hank Baskett, Josh Duhamel, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and more brought their kids out to see the monster trucks up close. This was a dream come true for these little ones as they even got to go for a ride around the track!


(Photos by Melanie C)
Nick and Camden Lachey- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Camden Lachey- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Monster Jam drivers- Anaheim CA

                                                       Sibley Scoles- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA                                             

Chris Pratt- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

   Chris Pratt- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Chris Pratt and son Jack- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Stassi Schroeder Vanderpump Rules- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Jamie Camil, Elena Camil and Jamie Camil III- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA 

Jamie Camil, Elena Camil and Jamie Camil III- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Gilles Marini- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Kendra Wilkinson, Hank Baskett, Hank Jr and Alijah- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Josh Duhamel and son Axl- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Josh Duhamel- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Michael and Dekker- Monster Jam Anaheim, CA

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'General Hospital' sneak peek week of February 26

February 24, 2018
Chloe Lanier (Nelle) and  Eden McCoy (Josslyn) star in "General Hospital" airing weekdays on ABC.
Check out what's coming up for the citizens of Port Charles this week on "General Hospital" airing weekdays on ABC. 

Monday, February 26
Sonny feels helpless
Tensions run high at the police department
Ava gains confidence
Nelle bonds with Joss
Julian suffers a blow

Tuesday, February 27
Dante worries about Peter's intentions
Franco grows restless
Scott is supportive
Curtis and Drew work together
Anna has news for Felicia

Wednesday, February 28
Franco struggles against a nightmare
Sonny pleads with Ava
Kiki learns that not everything is as it seems
Drew and Sam celebrate Scout
Kim becomes intrigued with Julian

Thursday, March 1 
Griffin is happy for Ava
Scott and Kevin put aside their differences
Franco has an epiphany
Jordan is put in a precarious position
Drew looks to Kim for answers

Friday, March 2 
Franco confronts Harvey
Sam and Drew play chaperone
Jason runs into Sam
Carly confronts Nelle
Peter confides in Valentine 
Jordan pays Curtis a visit

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PHOTOS: Anaheim Ducks host 18th Annual Dux in Tux

February 23, 2018
February 22, 2018 - The Anaheim Ducks, Honda and 38 top restaurant chefs came together this year to host the 18th Annual Dux in Tux event held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. It was the very place the Anaheim Ducks beat the Dallas Stars the night before with a 2-0 shutout. It was now transformed into an elegant dining room, where over 500 guests gathered to support the Anaheim Ducks Foundation in its quest to raise money for programs such as Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation & Education), Learn to Play powered by Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and Top Flight Hockey. These programs provide local kids the opportunity to play hockey, belong to a team and connect to a community. 

The night was filled with special guests. Including Iron Chef star Cat Cora, actor Danny Trejo and many more...


Anaheim Ducks & Honda Center - Chef Joseph “Jo-Jo” Doyle
Iron Chef Cat Cora
Anaheim White House Restaurant - Sir Chef Bruno & Chef Eddie Meza
Anepalco - Chef Daniel Godinez
Angels Baseball - Chef Robert Biebrich
Break of Dawn - Chef Dee Nguyen
Chef Ashley Guzman + Chef Aron Habiger
Chef Wendie & Friends - Chef Wendie Huffman, Chef Bob Petersen, Chef Jake McPeck, Chef Michael Webster & Chef Chicken Wing
Ember BBQ - Chef Derrick Foster
GBOD Restaurant Group - Chef Ryan Andrews & Anthony Porras
Haute Productions - Chef Keith Prante
Haven Gastropub - Chef Greg Daniels & Chef Landon Pulizzi
Hendrix Ocean Ranch - Chef Rainer Schwarz
Hilton Anaheim - Chef Frederic Castan & Chef Juan Lopez
Maggiano’s Little Italy - Chef Kevin Gilbert
Mastro’s Restaurants - Chef Magellan Moore & Chef Stephen LaFountain
Monarch Beach Resort - Chef Collin Thornton
Napa Rose - Chef Andrew Sutton & Chef Gloria Tae
Oak Grill - Chef Peter Lai
Ohana Kitchen + Cocktails - Chef Mark Gutierrez
Orange Hill Restaurant - Chef Eric Mickle
Panxa Cocina - Chef Arthur Gonzalez
Puesto - Chef Katy Smith & Chef Jessica Scott
Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen - Chef Darrin Finkel
Roe Seafood - Chef Arthur Gonzalez
Selanne Steak Tavern - Chef Josh Severson
SideDoor - Chef Alejandra Padilla
The Cannery Newport Beach - Chef Philip Tangonan
The Country Club - Chef Zachary Scherer
The Federal Long Beach - Chef Tia Baker
The NIXON Chops & Whiskey - Chef Katsuji Tanabe
The Phoenix Den - Chef T
THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon - Chef Michael Rossi
Trejo’s Tacos - Chef Mason Royal
URBANA Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology - Chef Ernie Alvarado
Vaca - Chef Amar Santana
Watertable - Chef Manfred Lassahn
Water Grill Chef Mase Ose

(Photos by Melanie C) 

 Adam Henrique- 2018 Dux in Tux

   Andrew Cogliano- 2018 Dux in Tux

 Adam Henrique- 2018 Dux in Tux

 Nick Ritchie- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Nick Ritchie and Andrew Cogliano- 2018 Dux in Tux

 Nick Ritchie and Andrew Cogliano- 2018 Dux in Tux

Adam Henrique- 2018 Dux in Tux

      Nick Ritchie and Andrew Cogliano- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Kevin Bieksa and Danny Trejo- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Kevin Bieksa and Danny Trejo- 2018 Dux in Tux


 Chris Wagner- 2018 Dux in Tux

   
   Antoine Vermette and Francois Beauchemin- 2018 Dux in Tux

Ryan Miller- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Corey Perry- 2018 Dux in Tux

 Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf- 2018 Dux in Tux

JT Brown- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Josh Manson- 2018 Dux in Tux

                                         
  Brandon Montour and JT Brown- 2018 Dux in Tux

   Ryan Kesler- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Patrick Eaves and Ryan Miller- 2018 Dux in Tux


Kevin and Katie Bieksa- 2018 Dux in Tux

    Rickard Rakell- 2018 Dux in Tux

Guy Hebert and Steve Carroll- 2018 Dux in Tux



Jakob Silfverberg and Anaheim White house Chefs- 2018 Dux in Tux

   JT Brown- 2018 Dux in Tux

   Randy Carlyle- 2018 Dux in Tux

   Chris Wagner- 2018 Dux in Tux


  Patrick Eaves- 2018 Dux in Tux

Brandon Montour and Laguna beach Driftwood Kitchen- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Derek Grant and Mastro's Restaurants- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Corey Perry- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Cam Fowler- 2018 Dux in Tux

  Ryan Miller- 2018 Dux in Tux

 Rickard Rakell- 2018 Dux in Tux
                                       
Francois Beauchemin- 2018 Dux in Tux

Hampus Lindhom- 2018 Dux in Tux
                   
Andrew Cogliano- 2018 Dux in Tux

        Ondrej Kase- 2018 Dux in Tux

       Ryan Getzlaf- 2018 Dux in Tux
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