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  • DJ Puts Amanda Gorman’s Stunning Inauguration Poem to Music: Listen
    by Jem Aswad on 2021-01-20 in News, Amanda Gorman, inauguration

    It is no overstatement to say that on an Inauguration Day filled with memorable moments, 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman’s poetry reading was definitely one of the most lasting. Her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” echoed President Joe Biden’s address and brought optimism to a country bruised by four years of Donald ’s divisive rhetoric and

  • Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson to Participate in Valarie Kaur’s People’s Inauguration
    by Haley Bosselman on 2021-01-20 in Events, News, Politicians, America Ferrera, inauguration, Tracee Ellis Ross

    As the United States transitions under a new presidency, the 10-day People’s Inauguration kicks off Jan. 21 and calls on everyday people to commit to reimagining and rebuilding the country.  “In the wake of violence, insurrection and white supremacist terror, we are coming together to make our commitment to building a multi-racial America where we

  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II on Playing Bobby Seale in ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ and Auditioning for ‘The Matrix 4’
    by marcmalkin on 2021-01-20 in Columns, News, Aldis Hodge, Just For Variety, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

      Yahya Abdul-Mateen II may be starring in the fourth “Matrix” movie, but don’t ask him to explain what the franchise is about. “No one understands the Matrix except for Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski,” Abdul-Mateen tells me. So how did the actor approach his work? “You learn to find meaning, and then you go

  • Bette Midler Sings ‘Goodbye Donnie’ in Comic Farewell-Trump Video
    by Jem Aswad on 2021-01-20 in News, Bette Midler, Meidas Touch

    As anyone who follows her on Twitter knows, Bette Midler is no fan of now-former President Trump. And as anyone who’s seen any of the dozens of political satire videos created by Meidas Touch knows, they’ve been a proud thorn in the side of the Trump Administration since last March. The two mutual fans saw

  • Matthew Rhys Brings One-Man Show ‘Playing Burton’ to Audible (EXCLUSIVE)
    by Mónica Marie Zorrilla on 2021-01-20 in Actors, News, Performers, Amazon, Andre Holland, Audible Theater, Blair Underwood, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Taylor, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Leguizamo, Mark Jenkins, Matthew Rhys, Playing Burton, Richard Burton, William Jackson Harper

    On Jan. 28, Emmy Award-winner Matthew Rhys (“The Americans,” “Perry Mason”), will bring “Playing Burton” to life on Audible Theater. The award-winning one-man show explores the life of the international icon of stage and screen Richard Burton, told from the perspective of the Welsh megastar. Adapting the classic show for Audible’s theatrical storytelling initiative has

  • Fringe Media Outlets Peddle Trump Storylines Through Biden Inauguration
    by Brian Steinberg on 2021-01-20 in News, Breitbart News, Newsmax

    President Trump’s White House tenure is over, but some members of the far-right media think there’s more of the now-former Commander-in-Chief’s story to tell. Several of the outlets, many of which have gained a reputation in media circles for promoting opinions based on falsehoods, spent part of a day devoted to the inauguration of a

  • ‘High School Musical’ Turns 15: A Look Back at the Humble Origins of Disney Channel’s Billion-Dollar Franchise
    by Rebecca Rubin on 2021-01-20 in Features, Disney Channel, High School Musical, Kenny Ortega, Zac Efron

    In the early aughts, Kenny Ortega had directed a string of “Ally McBeal” and “Gilmore Girls” episodes, but what he really wanted to was return to making movies. So he asked his agents to keep an eye out for a TV movie, something “under the radar” that would allow him to quietly flex his filmmaking

  • Hollywood Applauds Joe Biden’s Inauguration: ‘We Are Going to Be Okay’
    by Natalie Oganesyan on 2021-01-20 in News, inauguration, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ inauguration was almost star-studded enough to take place on the red carpet. So, it’s no surprise prominent Hollywood figures and celebrities took to social media to weigh in on the ceremony. The event, which began with fanfare prior to Wednesday morning, featured events and performances from a host of artists,

  • Biden Inauguration: Welcome Normalcy Against Extraordinary Circumstances
    by danvariety on 2021-01-20 in News, Opinion, inauguration

    After the events that propelled him into the presidency and those that marked the final weeks before his assuming office, it seemed something of a surprise that Pres. Joe Biden was quite so committed to an inauguration that looked relatively normal. After all, in acknowledging the COVID-19 pandemic, Biden’s nominating convention this summer had been

  • ‘Cobra Kai’ Composers Talk ‘Miyagi Metal’ and the Netflix Hit’s Synthwave-Heavy Score
    by Shirley Halperin on 2021-01-20 in News, Cobra Kai, Music for Screens

    With an estimated 41 million households tuning into its third season (and first to premiere on Netflix), “Cobra Kai” has turned ‘80s nostalgia for the characters from “The Karate Kid” into a modern hit. It’s also created a vast musical landscape for the series’ composers Zach Robinson and Leo Birenberg to pay tribute to some