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CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

Deadline Hollywood reports: The final show featuring longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek airs Friday, and a special tribute at the end of it captures everything that audiences loved about the man. In a video montage, Trebek jokes, banters with contestants, and generally delivers the same warm, naturally smooth, humble and reassuring presence that guided his performances through 36 years. Trebek …

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Variety reports: When the lights go up on Broadway, “Mean Girls” won’t be returning to the stage. Producers announced Thursday that the musical, based on Tina Fey’s modern cult classic, will not resume when theaters reopen. The show will close, having played its final performance on March 11 — the day before Broadway went dark. “Mean Girls” ran 805 performances …

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Variety reports: Like many people closely watching the news unfold around the country, members of the entertainment industry shared their outrage over the rioters. Many pointed their fury at Trump, who since losing the election had been fiercely spouting baseless claims of voter fraud. Several Republican politicians, including Josh Hawley, Jim Jordan and Ted Cruz, vowed earlier in the week …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: The Recording Academy confirmed Tuesday that it is moving the 63rd Grammy Awards from January to March 14 because of the surge of coronavirus cases especially in Los Angeles, where the event is held. “The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Conservative news website The Daily Wire has made its first movie acquisition with high school-shooting thriller Run Hide Fight, the first of multiple projects on a new film and TV slate. Daily Wire has picked up North American rights to the Venice title, about a 17-year-old who must fight for her life and those of her schoolmates …

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: It’s official: North American box office revenue plummeted 80 percent in 2020 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented theater closures, while global revenue tumbled more than 70 percent. As predicted, domestic movie tickets sold between Jan. 1 through Dec. 31 came generated an estimated $2.3 billion (or $2.68 billion) compared to $11.4 billion in 2019, …

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Variety reports: The book has closed on “KISS 2020 Goodbye,” the band’s livestream event broadcast from the Palm in Dubai — but not without changing a couple verses to adhere to local customs in the United Arab Emirates city. The band replaced the phrase “virgin soul,” from the Gene Simmons-sung “God of Thunder,” to “sacred soul,” and also removed the …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: With no Tony Awards this year to honor those Broadway stars and workers who have passed away, a new In Memoriam video directed by actor Raúl Esparza is picking up the mantle. The eight-minute video, called Broadway Remembers, with vocal performances by Esparza and Sierra Boggess pays tribute to more than 100 people from the theater community …

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Happy New Year, JMG Community!

Another action-packed year has come and gone for this here website thingy, which in a few months will mark its 17th anniversary. I want to sincerely thank all of you, longtime JMG flying monkeys and newbies alike, for being here during what for many of us will be the most memorable year of our lives, if not also the worst. …

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What to watch while housebound on New Year’s Eve: 8 PM & 9:30 PM Eastern United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America: Tony winners Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, Tony nominees Renée Fleming, Anna Deavere Smith, and Josh Groban, and many more artists join the American Pops Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra in the 90-minute concert broadcast …

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New from our pal Matt Baume: Gay San Francisco in the 1970s: A disco-fueled cauldron of sex, art, power, riots, and liberation. There was the grassroots rise of Harvey Milk; the seductive music of Sylvester, Queen of Disco; the bawdy theater of the Cockettes; the invention of the Pride flag; the first Gay Liberation march. There were countless revolutionary stories …

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Singer Petula Clark writes on Facebook: I feel the need to express my shock and disbelief at the Christmas Day explosion in our beloved Music City. I love Nashville and its people. Why this violent act – leaving behind it such devastation? A few hours later – I was told that the music in the background of that strange announcement …

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Playbill reports: Billy Porter and Cyndi Lauper, who won Tony Awards for starring in and composing, respectively, the Tony-winning Kinky Boots, will reunite December 31. The two artists will join forces for a duet in Times Square on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2021, which kicks off at 8 PM ET. The evening will also …

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Deadline reports: There will be no massive crowds, but plenty of music will still be on tap for New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Using a combination of television and streaming, the show will go on despite the pandemic restrictions against huge gatherings. Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, the co-organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve, today announced that …

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Variety reports: Billionaire businessman Ron Burkle is the new owner of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara County. Burkle, a one-time associate of Jackson and co-founder of the Yucaipa Companies investment firm purchased the 2,700-acre property in Los Olivos, near Santa Barbara for $22 million, according to the Wall Street Journal. First listed in 2016 for $100 million, the …

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Variety reports: Kevin Spacey posted a Christmas-themed YouTube video, marking the third year in a row that he has shared clips to his channel. This year’s video, titled “1-800 XMAS,” was a more somber affair than past years, offering compassion to people struggling over the holiday season. The videos first began in 2018 in the midst of felony charges Spacey …

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: Americans spent a lot of time streaming TV shows and movies over the Thanksgiving holiday, according to Nielsen. The top 10 programs in the ratings service’s rankings for Nov. 23-29 accounted for the most viewing time of any week in the four months Nielsen has been releasing weekly lists. Led by Netflix’s The Crown, the top …

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Deadline reports: Onetime Growing Pains star Kirk Cameron hosted yet another Christmas caroling protest with unmasked singers in close proximity. Local news reports pin the number of attendees at about 100. The event was held in the parking lot of The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks. It’s the third such event the Fireproof actor has held this December. Meanwhile, Covid-19 …

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Variety reports: Amazon Studios has unveiled the first trailer for “Coming 2 America,” which sees the return of Eddie Murphy as the charming Prince Akeem. In the upcoming sequel, Prince Akeem, who is set to become the king of the fictional country of Zamunda, finds out he has a son he never knew about — a street-savvy Queens native, Lavelle. …

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Variety reports: Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” became the singer’s third album in 16 months to sell a million copies globally in its first week, and the eighth straight studio release to sell that many in a week in her career, according to Republic Records. Only her debut album, “Taylor Swift,” failed to sell a million worldwide in at least one given …

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