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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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Variety reports: Twitter has added a new label on President Donald Trump’s tweets containing inaccurate information on the presidential election results. Trump’s tweets disputing Joe Biden’s election victory now include a label clarifying that “election officials have certified Joe Biden as winner of the U.S. Presidential election.” The bold text is linked to Twitter’s official election page, featuring news coverage …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: Jim Carrey is moving on from his impersonation of President Elect Joe Biden on Saturday Night Live. The Truman Show star has impersonated Biden on Saturday Night Live, since the show returned on October 4 for its 46th season. He has not appeared on the show for the last two weeks and revealed on social media that …

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Variety reports: In keeping with his annual tradition, Barack Obama today shared his favorite films and television series of 2020. Obama’s movie list includes “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” David Fincher’s “Mank,” Pixar’s animated adventure “Soul” and the acclaimed documentary “Time.” Among the TV series that captivated Obama include the Michael Jordan docu-series “The Last Dance,” Netflix’s water-cooler hit “The Queen’s …

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Deadline Hollywood reports: An iconic daytime drama is getting a primetime makeover. ABC is in early development on Pine Valley, a primetime version of the network’s beloved daytime drama All My Children, with popular alums Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos executive producing. In the All My Children followup, written/executive produced by Leo Richardson (Katy Keene, Star), a young journalist with …

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Variety reports: Tom Cruise expressed his frustration with crew members on the set of “Mission: Impossible 7” after he saw them breaking COVID-19 guidelines, two sources close to the production confirm to Variety. In audio obtained by The Sun, Cruise can be heard saying: “We are the gold standard. They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of …

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Variety reports: Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Ann Reinking, an actor, dancer and choreographer, died on Saturday night in Washington, her sister-in-law Dahrla King told Variety. She was 71. The star got her acting start in a Seattle Opera House production of “Bye Bye Birdie” in 1965. She soon found her way onto the Broadway stage when she was cast in …

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Playbill reports: The Prom stars Ariana DeBose and Jo Ellen Pellman have teamed up to launch the Unruly Hearts Initiative, an effort to direct the film’s audience to various organizations that support LGBTQ+ youth, in addition to providing resources to those in need. Among the groups highlighted are the Point Foundation and Covenant House. The movie musical, which debuted on …

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