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Paula Patton to Star in, Produce Josephine Baker Drama (Exclusive)

Paula Patton to Star in, Produce Josephine Baker Drama (Exclusive)
Paula Patton has optioned film and television rights to Josephine Baker’s Last Dance, a novel by Sherry Jones, with the aim of starring in and producing an adaptation.

Baker was the Jazz Age icon who rose from the slums of St. Louis to become the toast of Europe. She also was an undercover agent for the French resistance during World War II and later in life became a civil rights activist.

Baker left America for France while in her 20s, finding almost instant success as a chanteuse and dancer who was willing to push many envelopes, gaining the attention of ...
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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 28 Winner Revealed (Spoilers)

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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 28 Winner Revealed (Spoilers)
Spoiler Alert: Do not read ahead if you have not watched the Season 28 finale of “Dancing With The Stars” on ABC. The winner is revealed in this post.

Another season, another mirror ball trophy.

The winner of the 28th season of “Dancing with the Stars” was revealed Monday night during ABC’s finale of the celebrity dance competition show.

The Bachelorette” star Hannah Brown waltzed away as the winner, spinning off the dance floor with her partner Alan Bersten and the mirror ball trophy.

Before Brown was declared the winner, the other final couples heading into the finale were country music singer Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko; actor and Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson; and Fifth Harmony pop star Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber.

Alaina and Savchenko ended up in fourth place, Brooke and Farber in third place and Mitchell and Carson in second place.

The finale episode
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Strictly Come Dancing 2019: week 10 results – as it happened

Six couples survived Blackpool. But who didn’t make it to next week’s quarter-final Musicals special?

7.59pm GMT

Saffron and Aj take to the floor for their last dance, to ‘Last Dance’ by Donna Summer, because it’s their last dance.

So that’s it for another week on Strictly! Thanks for joining in, and thanks again to Alex for facilitating my Elstree jaunt yesterday – he’s @alexneedham74 on Twitter, and I’m @heidistephens. Next week is Musicals Week, which is basically Movie Week with considerably fewer dances. Curtain up is at 7.10pm, so I’ll see you then! Have a great week, Hx

7.56pm GMT

We get a highlight of Saffron and Aj’s best bits - it’s very clear that Strictly has been a huge deal for Saffron, and she should be hugely proud of how far she’s come.

I do worry that she might
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Bob Esty, Producer on Donna Summer's "Last Dance," Dies at 72

Bob Esty, Producer on Donna Summer's
Bob Esty, the songwriter, producer and arranger best known for his hit collaborations with Donna Summer, Cher and Barbra Streisand during the disco era, has died. He was 72.

Esty died Friday in Los Angeles after a short battle with metastatic cancer, his friend Dorian Hannaway announced.

Esty co-produced and arranged Summer’s disco sensation "Last Dance," which reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978, won two Grammys and — featured in Thank God It's Friday — captured the best original song Oscar at the 1979 Academy Awards.

(The song was written by ...
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The Voice Recap: Which of Night 2's Blinds Set 'Mom and Dad' Feuding?

The Voice Recap: Which of Night 2's Blinds Set 'Mom and Dad' Feuding?
Was the only way to go on Night 2 of the Blind Auditions… down? Season 17 of The Voice started on such a high note Monday that it seemed possible, perhaps even likely. The premiere had been a big enough hoot that neither I nor quite a few of you had really noticed Adam Levine’s absence. And the talent was promising: I gave three singers A’s — and was trying hard to grade critically rather than excitedly — and really dug several more contestants that hadn’t scored as highly. (Lookin’ at you, Will Breman.) So I feared we’d been set
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‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions Night 2: Who is the best coach so far? Blake, Kelly, John or Gwen? [Updating Live Blog]

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‘The Voice’ Blind Auditions Night 2: Who is the best coach so far? Blake, Kelly, John or Gwen? [Updating Live Blog]
The first night of Season 17 for “The Voice” is in the books, so moving on to Night 2 for Tuesday. Blind auditions continue with the return of previous coach Gwen Stefani along with her boyfriend Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend. Who do you think is doing best so far following Night 1 on Monday, September 23?

Legend is the reigning champ among coaches. Clarkson won the previous two seasons. Shelton has six championships under his belt. Stefani isn’t a rookie by any means, but she has yet to have a winning singer. Longtime coach Adam Levine is missing his first season ever for the program.

See‘The Voice’ Season 17 spoilers: Kelly Clarkson spills the beans on ‘lovebirds’

All throughout this season, enjoy our live updating blogs while each episode is airing on the East coast. Blind auditions continue for several weeks, followed by battle rounds. Advisors during that section will be Normani (Team Kelly), Will.
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Killjoys Season 5 Episode 10 Review: Last Dance

A satisfying Killjoys series finale brings resolution in the fight against The Lady and keeps the door open for future adventures.

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This Killjoys review contains spoilers.

Killjoys Season 5 Episode 10

“It doesn’t matter how your story begins. It’s about who’s with you at the end.”

By their very nature, series finales present considerable challenges even when the showrunner and writers enjoy plenty of advance notice as is the case with the SyFy space drama Killjoys. Operating at a breakneck pace, “Last Dance” does its best to keep up with an abundance of moving parts in an episode that leaves the door open to resume the adventures of Team Awesome Force should the opportunity ever arise. It’s not always successful, but it’s always a lot of fun.

Appropriately enough, before fading to black, the final image depicts a gun toting Dutch flanked by
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ 11 episode 7 recap: Which queen stumbles going ‘From Farm to Runway’ [Updating Live Blog]

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ 11 episode 7 recap: Which queen stumbles going ‘From Farm to Runway’ [Updating Live Blog]
In the all-new seventh episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on April 11, the nine queens still competing on season 11 were given the challenge of designing looks that could take them from down on the farm to up on the runway. Grammy-winning singer Kandi Burruss and supermodel Amber Valletta were the guest judges of their endeavors. Which contestant came out on top and was chosen as winner of episode 7 of season 11? And were Gold Derby’s predictions correct that Ra’Jah O’Hara would be eliminated this week?

In episode 6, Ra’Jah came perilously close to being bounced but Scarlet Envy went home instead. Both had to strut their stuff to the Donna Summers classic “Last Dance.” Brooklyn beauty Scarlet counted some missteps among her moves. In the end, RuPaul Charles opted to throw a lifeline to Dallas darling Ra’Jah who, at age 33, is one of the oldest queen still in the competition.
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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’: Was the right queen eliminated in episode 6 ‘The Draglympics’? [Poll]

On the sixth episode of season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Scarlet Envy was eliminated. Do you think she was the right choice to go this week after her performance in the Lip Sync For Your Life or should Ra’Jah O’Hara have been sent packing instead? Vote in our poll below and be sure to sound off in the comments section with your thoughts on episode 6, “The Draglympics,” which aired April 4 on VH1.

Scarlet and Ra’Jah ended up in the bottom two after failing to impress RuPaul Charles and the three guest judges — choreographer Travis Wall and Olympic figure skaters Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon — throughout the sixth series of competitions. That meant they were pitted against each other in the Lsfyl. Each had to perform to the Donna Summers classic “Last Dance.”

In the end, RuPaul opted to throw a lifeline to Dallas darling Ra’Jah who,
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RuPaul's Drag Race Recap: Which Girl Wasn't Quite Golden Enough?

After watching Thursday’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I kind of feel like all Olympic athletes should be required to compete in high heels. With 10 queens left in the game, this week’s installment featured the franchise’s first-ever Drag-lympics — and not everyone involved was a good sport about it.

But before the ladies could go for the gold, they had to warm up via this week’s mini challenge, a “gal-isthenics” class led by Ru’s pal Love Connie. The dual win went to A’Keria C. Davenport and Plastique Tiara, the latter of whom really impressed me with her floor work.
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Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade Teams With Ron Howard’s Imagine for Doc About NBA Career

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Before he retires at the end of this season, NBA star Dwyane Wade will be the subject of a new documentary based on his life as a pro athlete.

Imagine Documentaries is partnering with the three-time NBA champion for a film chronicling his basketball career and life off the court, the company’s president Justin Wilkes announced Wednesday.

The film will be directed by Bob Metelus, who is also producing alongside Wilkes, and Imagine Documentaries Evp Sara Bernstein. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will serve as executive producers alongside Wade’s production company 59th & Prairie Entertainment.

Also Read: Ratings: NBA Steals Christmas Day Primetime for ABC

Metelus is Wade’s long-time cinematographer, and he had behind-the-scenes access to Wade’s life, shooting the film over the course of 10 years and focusing on his “Last Dance,” or his final year in the league. Wade announced he intends to
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Imagine Documentaries Sets Film On Retiring Miami Heat Star Dwyane Wade

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Imagine Documentaries Sets Film On Retiring Miami Heat Star Dwyane Wade
Exclusive: Imagine Documentaries has partnered with three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade for a definitive documentary chronicling the 13-time All Star guard’s NBA career and life off the court as Wade goes through his final season in the league. The film will be directed by Bob Metelus, who is also producing alongside Imagine Documentaries president Justin Wilkes and executive veep Sara Bernstein. Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will serve as executive producers alongside Wade’s production company 59th & Prairie Entertainment.

The docu is directed by Wade’s long-time cinematographer, Bob Metelus of Metelus Studios, who has filmed Wade’s life behind-the-scenes for years. The film explores the elements of Wade’s basketball career as well as his off-court life – he is married to actress Gabrielle Union – and documents his rise from unknown to Miami Heat superstar and Olympic champion. He has long been a class act, who
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Oscar Flashback: ‘The Lion King’ roars in Best Original Song

Oscar Flashback: ‘The Lion King’ roars in Best Original Song
This article marks Part 21 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1994 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Look What Love Has Done” from “Junior

“Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King

Circle of Life” from “The Lion King

“Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King

“Make Up Your Mind” from “The Paper

Won: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King

Should’ve won: “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King

If there is any year in which a single film could and should have filled out the entire Best Original Song category at the Oscars, it is 1994.

Kudos to voters for nominating “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” “Circle of Life
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the late 1970s, including ‘Last Dance,’ ‘It Goes Like It Goes’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the late 1970s, including ‘Last Dance,’ ‘It Goes Like It Goes’
This article marks Part 15 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1978 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Ready to Take a Chance Again” from “Foul Play

“Hopelessly Devoted to You” from “Grease

“When You’re Loved” from “The Magic of Lassie”

“The Last Time I Felt Like This” from “Same Time, Next Year

Last Dance” from “Thank God It’s Friday”

Won: “Last Dance” from “Thank God It’s Friday”

Should’ve won: “Ready to Take a Chance Again” from “Foul Play

After the ho-hum affairs of 1976 and 1977, it’s nice to come upon a Best Original Song line-up with not just one or two listenable nominees. In fact, 45 years of Best Original Song in,
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Lifetime achievement award for Julia Blake and Terry Norris

Terry Norris and Julia Blake.

Julia Blake and Terry Norris last night received the 2018 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

The award presented by Foxtel recognises the couple’s careers spanning more than five decades and their support of Equity campaigns, particularly the battle for Australian stories on screens and stages.

Previous recipients include Peter Carroll, the late Bob Hornery, Maggie Dence, Ron Haddrick, Jill Perryman, Kevan Johnston, Toni Lamond, Grant Page, Anne Phelan and Noeline Brown.

Equity president Chloe Dallimore described the husband and wife duo as an incredibly popular choice among Equity voters, stating: “Julia and Terry are deeply respected luminaries in our industry. What shines through most is their unswerving commitment to support others, especially our younger performers.

“Their tireless lobbying and campaigning efforts means that many of the working conditions we enjoy today are thanks to their hard work. We
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Review: The Tom Petty Archival Set ‘American Treasure’ Offers a New Way to Hear the Rock Legend

Review: The Tom Petty Archival Set ‘American Treasure’ Offers a New Way to Hear the Rock Legend
It’s difficult to offer a different perspective on an artist whose songs you know by heart. It’s even harder with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The group’s 1993 Greatest Hits album is 12-times platinum, and more than half of his albums were Top 10 sellers. By the time of his death last year, his songs were already deeply woven into the fabric of American pop and rock. So creating a new anthology of Petty’s music is already a Sisyphean task. With more than 40 years of recordings, there is
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How Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean Theme Bars Are Remaking Nashville’s Broadway

How Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean Theme Bars Are Remaking Nashville’s Broadway
Our night in downtown Nashville begins in a bank-turned-tattoo-parlor-turned-Luke Bryan-themed restaurant with a pickup truck dangling over the stage where a band is covering Maren Morris’s “My Church.” The space has six levels, eight bars, numerous light-up “Luke Bryan” signs and more flat screens than a Best Buy. But we are on the roof drinking Coors Light and eating fried sushi.

“Same kitchen, different bars,” a hostess says, referring to Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar located next door, as if she has explained it a thousand times.
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Avengers 4 Fan Art Gives Iron Man and Captain America the Perfect Send-Off

Artist BossLogic has been pretty busy over the last few weeks, creating some awesome artwork across many genres. However, this week, he chose to create some fitting send-off artwork for Tony Stark and Steve Rogers in Avengers 4. It's been heavily rumored that the next Avengers movie will see the permanent deaths of Iron Man and Captain America, two heroes who have been at odds over the past few years on the big screen. Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are anxiously awaiting their reunion, while also preparing for the possible deaths of both characters.

The latest piece of Avengers 4 artwork from BossLogic features a hologram of Tony Stark being projected by an Iron Man helmet. Stark is in a suit, looking at a pregnant Pepper Potts, who is clutching her belly and looking down. While it's not an official image from the film, it's incredibly detailed like all of the artist's impeccable work,
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Lindsay Kemp, Dancer and David Bowie Collaborator, Dead at 80

Lindsay Kemp, Dancer and David Bowie Collaborator, Dead at 80
Lindsay Kemp, a British dancer and choreographer who acted as a mentor and collaborator to David Bowie, died Saturday in Tuscany, Italy at the age of 80.

Nendi Pinto-Duschunsky, the director of the in-production documentary Lindsay Kemp’s Last Dance, confirmed Kemp’s death in a Facebook post where she noted he died at his home after a “perfect” day rehearsing with students. “He was very happy and it was very sudden,” Pinto-Duschunsky wrote, the Associated Press reported.

In addition to his own renowned work as a dancer and choreographer, Kemp
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ESPN Plugs “Disney Difference” In First Post-Reorg Pitch To Ad Buyers — Upfronts

ESPN emphasized its talent stable, consistency and strong parent company during its annual upfronts pitch to ad buyers at the Minskoff Theatre, home of Disney’s Lion King musical.

Much of the event felt familiar, but it was also the first upfront since president John Skipper abruptly resigned, his place taken by Jimmy Pitaro. Along with that management change, the company also reorganized and streamlined its sales efforts to account for changing viewer habits and ongoing erosion in full-day linear ratings. Reinforcing it all is what the company labels the “Disney difference,” with a promo reel at the end of the event highlighting titles not just on ESPN but across ABC and the movie studio.

“Before I took the job here, I was already a lifelong fan,” Pitaro told the crowd. “I had a personal relationship with this company for many years.” Today, he added, “no one has our unique combination of strengths.
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