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New from our pal Matt Baume: One freezing night in 1967, drag performers from across the country gathered in a cramped theater for a pageant that would forever change the face of drag. And by a stroke of luck — as well as some clever marketing — a documentary crew happened to be there, and managed to capture a moment …

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Rolling Stone reports: Cody Simpson has collaborated on a new music video with his partner Miley Cyrus while the pair are stuck in their Los Angeles home for quarantine. The song, “Captain’s Dance With the Devil,” uses a sailor metaphor to tell the story of a teenage heroin addict. In the visual, Simpson dresses up in a designer sailor’s costume …

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BGR reports: Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Jay Leno were seen driving a Cybertruck in downtown Los Angeles. As you might have guessed, the pair were recording a segment for an episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. The episode in question is set to air this Wednesday, and CNBC earlier today posted an interesting preview of the episode. When Leno asked …

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Billboard Magazine reports: “This is an emergency,” singer/actor Tituss Burgess declares in a sultry voice at the outset of his brand new single. “Put down your phone, 911 will be of no use. It’s a matter of the utmost importance — listen close while I talk to you.” The emergency, it turns out, is that the world is in need …

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: John Krasinski’s Some Good News is on the move. Following a massive bidding war, the feel-good web series has been licensed to ViacomCBS in a rich deal. CBS All Access, which will be rebranded this summer and bolstered with more originals from across the ViacomCBS portfolio, will have the first window for the new episodes before …

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Playbill reports: The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On!, which has aired several free full-length recordings of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and tributes, will continue with the 2013 NBC broadcast of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music Live! The live television adaptation, starring Carrie Underwood, Stephen Moyer, Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti, and Christian Borle, launched a …

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Deadline reports: Facebook stock rose 5.5% on Wednesday after the company announced a new feature called Shops, a virtual mall designed to help businesses suffering during COVID-19. Shares closed the trading day at $228.90 after establishing a new all-time high of $230.75 earlier in the session. The Shops initiative, announced Tuesday, will “make it easy for businesses to set up …

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Deadline Hollywood reports:  This is a shocker: Ruby Rose, the star of the CW’s freshman drama series Batwoman, is leaving the Warner Bros. TV/Berlanti Prods. drama after one season. The series, which already has been renewed for a second season, will continue with the title role getting recast. Orange Is the New Black alumna Rose returned to the small screen …

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Broadway.com reports: This virtual performance is filled to the brim with favorites from the Hairspray family. We spy Hairspray Tony winners Marissa Jaret Winokur and Harvey Fierstein, original Broadway cast members Laura Bell Bundy, Kerry Butler, Matthew Morrison and Jackie Hoffman, Hairspray film star Nikki Blonsky, Hairspray Live! stars Maddie Baillio, Kristin Chenoweth and Ephraim Sykes and so many more. …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Italy’s cinemas will get back to business from June 15, the government announced Saturday as it outlined an overall easing of lockdown protocols in what was the initial epicenter of the European continent’s coronavirus outbreak. As with other markets that are beginning to lift restrictions on moviegoing, there will be social distancing measures in place including staggered …

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Tattooed lesbians in love. From a burly bearded bear: Chris Kläfford began his music career performing for 10 years in small bars. In 2017 Chris joined the thirteenth season of the tv show Swedish Idol and won. The following year his singles toped the single and radio charts in Sweden. Chris embraced the success and traveled to the US to …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: MTV and Michelle Obama’s nonpartisan When We All Vote organization announced on Friday that they will host a virtual prom event for the Class of 2020, whose proms and graduations have all been canceled due to COVID-19. The event will air live on MTV on Friday, May 22. Prom-athon is a daylong on-air takeover on MTV featuring …

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Playbill reports: The upcoming streaming service Broadway on Demand has revealed some of the offerings it will provide in its initial rollout. The “30 Days of Opening Nights” series begins with the platform’s official launch May 17, and includes filmed presentations of Broadway titles, classes, concerts, interviews, and more. Among the filmed performances featured is Broadway’s Allegiance, which makes its …

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ABC News reports: Arkansas officials plan to shut down a socially-distanced Travis McCready concert planned for Friday. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that the state’s health department will be issuing a cease-and-desist order for the concert at TempleLive in Fort Smith, due to the timing of the state’s coronavirus lockdown measures. Hutchinson said during a coronavirus briefing that there were …

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Variety reports: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-hit, zeitgeist-tapping, precedent-breaking, Broadway smash “Hamilton” will land on Disney Plus just in time for our Nation’s birthday. The rap-infused look at Alexander Hamilton’s life and formative role in American history will now be released on the streaming service on July 3, roughly a year before it was supposed to debut. It had originally been slated …

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Playbill reports: Tony winner Ben Platt’s solo concert at Radio City Music Hall, filmed September 29 last year, will make its debut on Netflix next month: Ben Platt Live From Radio City Music Hall will drop on the streaming platform May 20. The performance, the final date of Platt’s concert tour, featured songs from his debut solo recording, Sing to …

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Billboard Magazine reports: Legendary soul and R&B singer Betty Wright, known for classics such as “Tonight Is the Night,” “No Pain, (No Gain)” and “Clean Up Woman,” has died. She was 66. Wright died from cancer at her home in Miami, Billboard has confirmed. Wright earned a top 10 single in 1972 with “Clean Up Woman,” which peaked at No. …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Chinese authorities will allow further leisure venues, including cinemas, to gradually re-open now that the coronavirus pandemic has largely been controlled in the country, the top administrative body said on Friday. This comes after movie theaters were shuttered nationwide in January, ultimately dealing a $2.5B+ loss to the box office. The State Council posted a statement to …

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Billboard reports: Especially with the world in its current state of disarray, Mother’s Day (May 10) is an important time for everyone to show their moms the love and appreciation they deserve — and Alex Newell has the perfect video to do just that. Today Newell unveiled his new video for “Mama Told Me,” a disco-tinged anthem where he sings …

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Deadline reports: Disney said Thursday that Disney Springs, part of the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, will begin a phased reopening May 20 as coronavirus-related restrictions begin to ease. According to the Disney Parks Blog, “a limited number of shopping and dining experiences that are owned by third-party operating participants will begin to open during this …

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