Sean “X-Pac” Waltman Talks Jimmy Jacobs Being Let Go From WWE

By: Jeff Graham

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Lucha Underground wrestler, Johnny Mundo is the special guest this week on X-Pac 12360 and he talks about working with AAA After Taya was Stripped of Her Title

Get it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/uXhiLMg7rUs or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below:

Sean’s thoughts on Jimmy Jacobs being let go: I haven’t heard anything about ROH picking him up. But I’m not surprised in the least bit. I’m going to have to go with what Chris Jericho said about the situation. He is a really smart guy, Jimmy Jacobs. He is not so dumb where he didn’t understand what the consequences might be for taking that picture and posting it.

Johnny Mundo talks about doing sex scenes in movies: I’ve done like 15 movies now and sex scenes in movies are just not fun. Like when you are a kid and you are thinking man, Tom Cruise is hooking up with all these chicks, whish I could do that. It is not fun on camera. You are in a real awkward room ,you’re awkward, you’re sweaty, the girl is sweaty; there are a bunch of people watching. It is not as cool as it seems.

Johnny Mundo Talks About Working With AAA After Taya Was Striped Of Title: In Pro Wrestling art imitates life or life imitates art or vice versa… As far as that goes there’s a lot of complexities that I don’t want to delve into right now because it can affect a lot of things that we already have in the works. I think that’s what a lot of people thought was best for business at the time and for all the parties involved to continue to work together, that’s what was decided and everyone kind of agreed that for AAA, Lucha and Impact and me and Taya. That regardless of what we thought, that would be the best call to make.

Johnny Impact Talks About Eli Drake and Bound For Glory :I am really excited about Impact and I got Bound for Glory coming up, it’s me versus Eli Drake for the Impact title…I think that from the first taping in Orlando that I was at, to the last day; I feel like I saw his wrestling evolve. His mic work evolve, his confidence shot through the roof and he’s doing a really good job of carrying the brand of Impact on his shoulders right now. There’s a couple times we hung out and got food after the tapings and he busted his ass in the business for years and years and a lot of people don’t realize that. I can’t say enough good things about Eli Drake.

Mundo & Mercury reuniting again as MNM: Amazing! First of all, I’m jealous. He’s in better shape than I have…Did you see his abs? I was supposed to be the abs guy in the team. He’s got me beat, it was cool. I think that’s one of the cool things in wrestling. We had such a crazy career, the two of us. We we’re like best friends for 2yrs. We traveled together, we rode together, we wrestled together, like every show for 2yrs. He got let go, I stayed, he came back. We traveled together for a few months and got let go again. He came back as an agent and we had this long-term friendship.  APW,  in San Francisco, was the first time we tagged together in 10 years. It was super fun and it felt like we picked up where we left off. All the MNM references and our timing. It was cool, I look forward working with Mercury.

Johnny talks about the time he walked in on Boogeyman & Bobby Lashley in a serious chess game: I’m a huge fan of the Boogeyman, in and out of the ring. There were times where MNM would ride with Boogey and Bobby Lashley. There was one time when we were splitting the room and this was after Boogey use to split rooms with Paul London, and London use to tell us this story how Boogey wouldn’t sleep on the bed, he would sleep on the floor. He was really living the gimmick (laughs) A couple of times, he (Boogeyman) would wake up in the middle of the night (starts to do a scary laughter) super loud. We walked in the room one time; Boogeyman & Lashley were in the middle of the most epic chess game, the room smelled like gimmicks, chopping it up talking. It was really cool, cause he’s actually a really intelligent guy, a sensitive guy too. That is something that is lost because his characters so different than Marty (Boogeyman) is. Lots of respect for the Boogeyman.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting will become a movie and TV Series

Written by: Chae’ Jones                                  

Babysitter aren’t only the people who make sure that mom and dad get that date night and adult time away from the house. They also might be apart of a secret society who protect children from the monsters under their bed. On “Book Circle Online” our host Chae’ Jones sat with author, screenwriter and director Joe Ballarini to talk “A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting”, what his inspiration behind the book was and an exclusive new deal that everyone everywhere will be able to enjoy.

For those who didn’t know that this is the first book in a three book series Ballarinii actually let out some exciting news. Ballarini said, “Three book possibly six and it’s going to be a movie and television series too guys.”

When asked what inspired him to write this book Ballerini said, “I was a babysitter three nights as a child. Someone actually let me look after them. It wasn’t three nights in a row, it was three jobs in row. I should’ve not been babysitting. I was not very good at babysitting so I think that experience always stuck with me. That idea of having so much responsibility put upon you at an early age and saying oh my gosh I don’t know if I can handle this. I don’t like horror films, I like to watch them and think that I’m a lot braver than I am but I’m actually terrified of them. I like this kind of blend comedy and horror that’s in the book and that a lot of times the babysitters in movie are always the one that gets killed first. The babysitters in horror films they are always like is that a cold breeze? And you never really see them again. But I love the idea that the babysitter is super empowered and come prepared. Zip open their backpack and have all their cool weapons ready to go. There is something neat about a secret society of babysitters that look after kids that that’s there job. We don’t really know the truth about them. That they’re actually fighting these gigantic monsters.”

You can watch the FULL interview here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qegwalQpVUU

SEAN ‘X-PAC’ WALTMAN TALKS ABOUT SAMI ZAYN TURNING HEEL

By: TK Trinidad

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WWE Hall of Famer, Kevin Nash is the special guest on X-Pac 12360 and he talks about his fued with CM Punk!

Get it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mSj6B32LPls or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below:

Kevin Nash Talks About Working With Impact’s Young Talent: Bobby Roode & Samoa Joe: I think I was instrumental teaching them just how to chain wrestle. {Laughs}There was so much talent there, there really was a ton of talent. It reminded me a lot of when we all came to WCW. There was Eddie, Dragon, Benoit, Juventud, Rey -they had so much young good talent and we had the nucleus of older veteran guys to hold them down, cause that’s what you do. I always thought Joe was special and immediately when he got to NXT, I thought he would be a perfect opponent for Brock Lesnar; that it would be a real good match up. Roode was always really solid, I am surprise it took him so long to get into the fold of WWE.

Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman Give Their Thoughts On The Young Bucks Using The “Too Sweet” Hand Gesture:   You created that, that’s your {Sean Waltman} hand signal. You’re the one that came in and told the rest of us…so if anybody should get credit for that hand gesture, it’s you. You showed it to “The Kliq”, it’s our inside hand gesture; so if they want to call it “Too Sweet” that’s fine. I mean I am sure someone created the peace sign, you’re not gonna get intellectual rights on that…It keeps us alive. Sean Waltman: People should try to look at it from the other point of view too. Now there’s a whole new generation of young people that know about us … I just think that they made it fresh again.

Sean’s thoughts on the passing of Ralphie May: The world, not just the comedy world, but the world lost one hell of a human being. Ralphie May was a huge wrestling fan…He was a friend of mine and a friend to a lot of people. There is a lot of people out there hurting. Love you Ralphie, Thank You, Thank You for making everyone laugh, Thank You for being one of the best human beings I’ve ever met.

X-Pac thoughts about the Neville and Enzo situation:I think they (WWE) should have left it on Enzo a little longer. When they put the championship on him…he’s done really well with it.I think people are watching more. Has there ever been a cruiserweight title match main event RAW ever?  No. Some people may not like Enzo, but let’s give credit where it’s due.

X-Pac says he told Triple H to turn Sami Zayn heel: Crazy thing, It might have been 6 months ago,  maybe not that long ago…I was like, they aren’t doing much with Sami Zayn. It’s a crying shame because he’s one of the best talents they (WWE) has. So, I got on my phone, texted Hunter: you should turn Sami Zayn heel. You would not believe how he crapped on that idea. I mean, he thought I was a complete moron for suggesting that (laughs).

Kevin Nash and X-Pac talk about eating chocolate and mushrooms: X-Pac: Do you remember the mushrooms in the chocolate bars? I went to this blues club and this guy had these chocolates but with mushrooms in them, so I brought them back to the room. I don’t know if you guys really believed that they were mushrooms in them until about half an hour later.

Kevin Nash: They said only eat one and we’re eating it like it’s fudge.

X-Pac: Then we’re all tripping out and we go to this fire station that was turned into a gym. Lying in the sunbed tripping out on mushrooms.

Kevin Nash: Lying in the sunbed I had an out of body experience. I thought I was cooking myself. Then I got out of the sunbed and I looked in the mirror and I was gray. I was like I don’t think that’s the right color.”

Kevin Nash and his almost feud with CM Punk:I don’t know if they (WWE) wanted it to happen. When I came back… I had never been there when it was “this is your script and you have to follow it.” So I get there (WWE) and I’m reading his lines and he’s burying me and I have no rebuttals… It’s one of those situations and you know Paul (Triple H) is one of my best friends on earth…   I would’ve liked to see what he (CM Punk) would’ve done if I would’ve just went up there and just bear pawed him in the face. But Paul (Triple H) was the boss.

 

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Streaming network Unlocked Launches to Connect Anime Fans With Celebrities, Influencers & New Exclusive Shows

By: Yael Tygiel

Professional Voice Actors Bryce Papenbrook and David Vincent, are proud to announce the official launch of the Mobile Platform Unlocked by Fan Connect Inc.

The Anime Pop Culture Streaming Network offers original and exclusive shows and live video chat with the largest actors, industry professionals and influencers in anime, gaming, cosplay and Comic-Con culture.

Co-founders David Vincent Bryce Papenbrook have partnered with Mike Jones, CEO of prestigious Science Inc., the disruptive media, marketing and brand building company that creates, invests, acquires and scales successful digital businesses, to introduce this new platform to bring anime & pop culture fans and celebrity players together daily.

Fans are able to interact directly with industry celebrities and VIPs in real time, giving both fans and celebrities a new way to engage.

Unlocked offers an exclusive new way for content providers and IP holders to promote their properties by incorporating real-time interaction with the stars of their IP’s, while providing a seamless global platform for content distribution. In addition, the platform offers exclusive original programming produced by Unlocked the influencers featured on the app.

Unlocked is available for iOS in the App Store with an Android release currently in development. More information can be found at www.unlockedofficial.com

CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder team up.

By Ali Esquivel

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will collaborate with Jerry Bruckheimer to produce a TV series based on Holder’s experiences at the White House.  The drama series will be called Main Justice and will be produced for CBS. Back in July, Jerry Bruckheimer signed a TV deal with CBS and this is the first product of this deal.

Eric Holder was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 82nd U.S. Attorney General from 2009 to 2015. The series will be centered around his experiences as America’s youngest Attorney General as he investigates the biggest and most complicated cases in the country.

The series will be written by Sascha Penn, who will be producing along Holder, and Bruckheimer. They will be joined by producers from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and CBS Studios, Jonathan Littman and Kristi Anne respectively. Jerry Bruckheimer TV is responsible for CBS’s popular CSI series. It has two shows currently airing The Amazing Race on CBS, and Lucifer on Fox.

Sean “X-Pac” Waltman Gives His Thoughts On The Mae Young Classic

By: TK Trinidad

Wrestling Legend, Rip Rogers was the special guest on Sean Waltman’s, X-Pac 12360 this week, talked about why he doesn’t see himself getting indcuted to the Hall of Fame.

Get it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/1sRwiMArLPk or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below:

Rip Rogers Shares His Opinion on Comedic Wrestling :I started in the seventies so I still act like it’s real. I still think it’s real and anything that isn’t crisp , I don’t like it. Even though I can be wrong…But I can’t do the dick spot, I can’t do the blow up dolls, or work with the little girl or anything like that, I just can’t do it.

Rip Rogers Doesn’t Ever Think He Will Be Inducted Into the WWE Hall of Fame :No, I am nothing compared to these guys, that go into the Hall of Fame. I am just a guy, a fan, who loves Pro Wrestling, loves everything it used to stand for … I never got in it for the money… I just wanted to be apart of it because I love the business. And whether it was thirty-thousand people there or fifty-two, I never gave less than best of my effort or try to short change anybody and I just love this wrestling business and that’s it.

Rip Rogers on the only time he saw Randy Savage break character: I saw Randy break character about thirty seconds of his life once. He had this little dog and it died from parvo. And a tear comes down and he was Randy for like thirty seconds. And that was the only time I’d seen him break character.”

Rip Rogers on the positives of today’s Wrestling:Well, the guys are so athletic and anything that the guys do today it’s not their fault. They didn’t have the advantage that we had of getting in the ring with forty-year-olds training twenty-year-olds night after night and learning. It’s wasn’t that they liked me they were just trying to keep me from hurting them because I was so rotten. But you learned and you listened.”

Rogers speaks about Matt Cappotelli brain cancer: Matt was such a rib because we were like the Yin and Yang because I was the equal guy & he was the guy that would say he loved Jesus no matter what you did to him. He would never cause he’s the nicest guy, he would never get upset. Then he had this thing with the brain tumor, the brain surgery years ago and all of a sudden he had to get a check up and he had to go through it again.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Love and Hip Hop’s Zell Swag Talks, Sexuality, Marraige, and Cultural Appropriation

By: TK Trinidad

Stylish and Love and Hip Hop Hollywood star, Zell Swag is the special guest on Afterbuzz TV: Love and Hip Hop Hollywood this week and tells reveles if Princess and Ray J are having a baby.

Get it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/L6FLf6lIWa4 with highlights below:

Zell Swag Says He is Not Gay:  I don’t Identify as nothing, I don’t identify as bisexual. I identify as Lazell Shaw.I’m 29 years old, I’ve been dating guys since I was 23…I’ve never been in a full relationship with a guy, I’ve only been in real relationships with girls…I came to a point in my life where I want a real family with a wife and kids. With guys it’s truly only sex…with girls I had real relationships.

Zell Swag drops his first Single:I got my first song dripping ft Alexis Skye. It’s a diss track on water balloon lip Masika and Marshmallow man Ray. So Dripping will be on Itunes and all the music outlets on Oct 2nd.

How does Zell Swag deal with Haters: The best thing to do is look good and take a great picture.

Zell Swag thoughts on Cultural Appropriation: I see it all the time. It bothers me. I pick and choose what bothers me and what doesn’t. As a stylish, sometimes I use to get mad when I feel like someone is trying to copy of my style or something like that, but then I stop because that is the reason I’m a stylish. My whole thing is like everything draws inspiration somewhere;                                                                                                                                                                            so why can’t we as black or hispanic or whatever. Why can’t we be the muse. I don’t mind being the muse sometimes… as long we know. WE know where they got it from. I know where you got those braids from Kylie

Zell Swag talks about Teairra Mari leaving Rehab: She was just dealing with a lot of just stressful things just in life and in general. She actually did 90 days. It said 30, so she actually stayed there and did the 90. Which I’m excited for her. Because she’s out now, she’s better than ever. She looks good. Her mind is, she’s very focused. Music is coming. It’s really dope. She’s moving around doing things. I’ve always wanted to be there for her.

Are the Attacks on Mr. Ray Over?: TK Trinidad : So are the attacks done with Mr.Ray, or is it for the reunion special? Will there be another attack or have you decided yet?

Zell Swag:I’m never done! And takes off his gold glasses and sticks his tongue out. Especially if we had no relationship but I could see if we had a relationship that could be patched up then like but like we never had no relationship, I don’t know you.
Zell Swag talks about Maskia and Alexis Skyy’s Relationship: Masika needs to handle this and at least sit with Alexis Skyy and fight it out or talk it out. They owe it to each other to have a grown conversation.

I don’t think Alexis is upset over it, she is so over it. She just wants it to stop and it’s back and forth. She (Alexis Skyy) and Masika still deal with Fetty, they both do. Both of them right now. Alexis still deals with Fetty off and on.
Zell Swag gives Brooke Valentine Relationship Advice:Get a man that don’t have so much baggage…don’t have no man at all, have a career.Leave these bums alone and focus on your career.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s: Love and Hip Hop Hollywood. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Hannah Zeile Teases More Teenager Scenes In “This Is Us” Season 2

By Amy Cassandra

AfterBuzz TV’s Amy Cassandra recently caught up with Hannah Zeile of the hit NBC show This is Us at the Kids in the Spotlight Cocktails for a Cause event in West Hollywood. When asked about how she’s feeling about the reception the Big Three have been getting she had this to share. “I’m feeling blessed that people are loving it as much as we are filming it.”

It is clear to see how much fun they have on set with the cast and crew all over social media. What us as viewers don’t get to see is what happens moments before the director yells action. “The way that Milo and Mandy get into scene, before action because everyone sees what happens on screen but beforehand, they improv, they get themselves into character. They really become Jack and Rebecca, they’re not Milo and Mandy anymore and it’s so cool to watch.” said Zeile.

Of course, as honorary Pearson’s ourselves we felt it was our duty to ask for any exclusives for Season 2 premiering on September 26th and Zeile gave us a little inside scoop! “There is going to be a lot more of the teens. I think people are going to be happy to explore the teenage age range. It’s such an important age that so much goes down in a teenager’s life. So I think people are going to be really happy to see the teens.”

We’re really happy to see the teens and the rest of Pearson clan on September 26th at 9/8c on NBC! Make sure to watch our after show airing immediately after only on AfterBuzz TV!

 

Savvy Sheilds Beauty and Brains

By: Tiege Dooley-Panko

The reigning Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields stopped by AfterBuzz TV Studios to chat with host Tiege Dooley-Panko about her experience representing America and what’s next for her.

Savvy has been traveling around the country for the past year and said she’s learned so much about herself and the people who live here. “I’ve learned that we’re a lot more similar than we think we are,” Savvy said. “We see so much division in the media that’s portrayed but I’ve been fortunate to witness that we all want the exact same thing. We all want the people we love to be safe, we all want to feel loved and we all want to feel like we have the ability to do as much as
our potential allows us.”

As for Savvy, she said, “I’ve grown a lot and become a lot stronger and that’s been something I’ve become a little prideful about,” Savvy said. “I look back and see sweet Savvy and she knew nothing.”

Savvy told AfterBuzz she has tried to be a good example to girls on social media. She said depression was something she’s dealt with and she doesn’t want other girls to feel like that because of social media comparisons.

“I had a goal at the beginning of the year to be a Miss America that was very transparent of the really great days and the really hard days,” Savvy said. “Instagram shows 10% of my job and my life is the whole 125,000%.”

“No one has anything together, we’re all trying to figure out what it means to be an adult,” Savvy told AfterBuzz.

Savvy said one of the best experiences as Miss America was this past Thanksgiving she spent in Kuwait. She spent the holiday with members of the military serving overseas.

“I’ve never been more proud to be American than when I was standing in an entire room of men and woman who are sacrificing everything for our freedom,” Savvy said.

As for what’s next for Savvy, she said she is looking forward to living life to the fullest.

“You become obsessed with seeing so many world changers and people who are making a difference and being adventurous and you want to continue to do that.” Savvy said.

Savvy will crown the next Miss America in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sunday September 10, 2017.

Be sure to check out the full Spotlight On interview with Savvy on our AfterBuzz TV YouTube page.

The Purge continues from the beginning.

By Ali Esquivel

The Purge horror series will continue bringing more thrills next year when the fourth installment Purge: The Island is released. Director James DeMonaco will continue as producer and writer, however the director’s chair will be occupied by Gerard McMurray. The franchise will also be brought to live in a tv series (and will be talked about and discussed here on AfterBuzz).

The Purge franchise depicts a crime-free utopian America made possible by a day of total and complete anarchy. A day when nothing is illegal including theft, rape, and murder. One may only wonder how and why anyone would sign up for this but that is precisely the focal point of the upcoming film. The film is actually a prequel of the original trilogy, it depicts the first group of guinea pigs to experience the purge. In an interview with Vulture DeMonaco explains:

“I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it. People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims”

The upcoming TV series will tie the events of the fourth movie to the events of the first movie. It will focus more on the characters in their everyday lives when they are not purging or being purged.
“The movies are more like events. In the TV show, I think we’re slowing it down, and we’re using this flashback structure to enter into the non-Purge lives of these people. We’re going back six months or two years or into their childhood to see some things that might’ve fed into their decision-making on this particular Purge. The long form is actually allowing it to become more of a character study, which is kind of cool, instead of a singular event of surviving the night.”

Purge:The Island is set to be released on July, 4 no word on the release date for the tv series yet.

Warner Bros and DC Announce Gavin O’Connor to Direct Suicide Squad Sequel

By Sam Curran

Following a lengthy search Warner Bros and DC have finally announced their choice for who will direct the sequel to Suicide Squad.  Gavin O’Connor, who has directed films like The Accountant, Warrior and Pride and Glory will be directing the film featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and the rest of their crew of villains.

The studio had been searching for a fit replacement to writer and director of the original film, David Ayer, considering directors like Mel Gibson and Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed The Shallows.  The original Suicide Squad globally grossed $745 million, and showed promise for a successful second installment causing the studio to be diligent in their search for a director.  Gavin O’Connor’s experience in directing strong action films sparks expectation for an intense and enjoyable sequel.

It is unclear when they will begin shooting for the sequel as Margot Robbie is currently shooting for Mary Queen of Scots, and Will Smith is shooting for Aladdin, and is scheduled to film Gemini Man after.

Emmy Winning Sarah Paulson to Star in Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Prequel Story

By Sam Curran

Executive producer Ryan Murphy has a prequel series to the film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, called Ratched.  Ratched follows Nurse Ratched from the original film who will be played by Emmy winner Sarah Paulson.  Michael Douglas, producer of the original film, will also be listed as an executive producer along with Ryan Murphy.  The drama has secured two seasons at Netflix totaling 18 episodes with production beginning in the middle of 2018.

This origin story takes place in 1947 and will follow the fall of Nurse Ratched as she progresses through the mental health care system.  This story was created by Evan Romansky shortly after finishing film school and his script was given to Ryan Murphy by CAA agent Joe Cohen.  Ratched serves as Murphy’s first streaming series, as well as proving to be a great feat for Romansky receiving a big package and two season guarantee from his first script out of school.

Sean X-Pac Waltman Talks About Who Has Impressed Him In The Mae Young Classic

By: TK Trinidad

Things got LIT on this weeks edition of X-Pac 1,2,360! Check out our coverage below!

ROH Wrestler, Marty Scurll is the special guest on Sean Waltman’s, X-Pac 12360 this week and Talks About What  Inspired  Him to do the Villain Character

Get it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/L6FLf6lIWa4 or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below:

 X-Pac says he  is most Impressed with Shayna Baszler from the Mae Young Classic: My favorite competitor so far in the Mae Young Classic is Shayna Baszler. What she is doing in between the bells is perfect. About as perfect as you can get for someone who is transitioning from MMA to pro wrestling and using that as there image.

Marty Scrull Talks About Japanese Fans loving the ‘GAGA’: What I found really funny is that people assume that Japanese wrestlingis is nonsense, strong style but the crowd actually if more so into the gaga. They just have to come out to the ring with the big stuff. They love that stuff. And I am like ‘God, I am actually doing less stuff here in Japan than I would do in the states.

Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman: But they don’t just buy anybody’s gaga, it’s gotta be good gaga.

Marty Scrull on the Hot Topic Deal :The stuff at Hot Topic has been going really well and every week our T-Shirts have been in the top five. But now it’s got to the point because we have our shirts in there (Hot Topic) and we are promoting and pushing these shirts (at events). Now we send our fans to Hot Topic looking for the Bullet Club shirts.

Possible Pop-Up Bullet Club Shops: I said to the boys a while ago, there’s a lot of a clever brands these days especially  gym wear types of brands; that do these kinds of pop-up shops. Just pop-up a shop for a day in a big city and sell their stuff. I said we should go around the country doing a Bullet Club one. Like a Bullet Club meet and greet almost. It’s a possibility maybe I’ll talk to Hot Topic about it and see what they say.

Marty mentions what Inspired him to do the Villain character: I used to organize kind of a big entrance you know like at Wrestlemania the guys would have different gimmicks for entrances. There was an album cover I saw one day with this plague doctor, and I thought it was cool. So I dressed up as a plague doctor, it was completely out of nowhere it was a lot of stuff I risked. It was the doctors I believe were used back then as the black plague, they would wear these make and a nose to cover up the smell. Dressing up as the plague doctor was only supposed to be a one-time thing.

What is next for Marty Scurll:I think in recent years to be successful in wrestling, and make tons of money. These days it’s a big part of me is to captivate and exhilarate an audience. – just trying to make wrestling fun again.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Colin Trevorrow is No Longer Directing Star Wars Episode IX

By Frank Alteri

Changes in director have become a habit for Star Wars. On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Colin Trevorrow would not be directing Star Wars Episode IX. Lucasfilm released the following statement;

“Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have mutually chosen to part ways on Star Wars: Episode IX. Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process, but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ. We wish Colin the best and will be sharing more information about the film soon,”

Trevorrow’s departure is not a surprise, as rumors of his possible firing have persisted for months. Trevorrow and Lucasfilm apparently could not agree on a script, which lead to the addition of writer Jack Thorne.

This is now the second time in three months that a Star Wars director has been removed from a project. Back in June, Lucasfilm parted ways with directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord on the untitled Han Solo movie.

Who do you want to replace Colin Trevorrow as the director of Star Wars Episode IX? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

AfterBuzz TV launches The Political Beat and teams up with Run For Something

By Drexel Heard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 6, 2017

AfterBuzz TV, the ESPN of TV Talk, is wading into the political news world with the launch of a new series The Political Beat.

AfterBuzz TV’s Chief Political Analysts and Co-Hosts of the former Political Culture, Drexel Heard II and Chelsea Galicia, will bring the new weekly political show for millennials to AfterBuzz TV bridging moderate and progressive perspectives.

Following a successful test run, the new show has grown over the months with panel discussions, special guests, and news from the 2016 election and headlines from Washington and around the country. The Political Beat will feature more prominent guests, in-depth policy discussions, 2018 races across the country, and more. In addition to the new show, Brooke Taylor Solis joins the team, hosting a new headline news roundup The Buzz on AfterBuzz TV social media platforms, Fridays starting September 12th.

“The move to create a more refocused political show on AfterBuzz TV was something we talked about for a few months after the 2016 election, and the timing made sense as the network continues to grow,” — Drexel Heard

The new show is also teaming up with the Democratic recruiting organization, Run For Something (www.runforsomething.net), to interview, highlight, and get out the message for millennial candidates across the country.

“More than 11,000 millennials across the country have signed up with us to run for local office — we’re excited for AfterBuzz TV to highlight some of their stories, bring attention to their important campaigns, and inspire other young people to run for office themselves. If the day-to-day news bums you out, don’t worry: these candidates will make you feel good about the future.” — Amanda Litman, co-founder of Run for Something

The first episode on Tuesday, September 5th, featured an interview with California Democratic Party Chairman Eric Bauman, and a discussion on DACA with immigration Attorney Belen Gomez.

Created by Emmy winner Maria Menounos & producer Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is the digital broadcast network dedicated to producing live and on-demand after-shows, news and coverage for nearly every TV show featuring expert recaps & interviews with cast & crew.

All shows stream live on www.afterbuzztv.com, YouTube, and can be heard on Apple podcast. ###

Kardashians Weekly Is OFFICIALLY Launching

By Dakota T. Jones

Sept. 24th marks the “10 Year Anniversary Special” of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” on E!. It will also be the kickoff of the BRAND NEW “Kardashians Weekly” show on AfterBuzz TV. Previous panel members Dakota T. Jones & Howard the 3rd from the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” after show are set to return as well as new additions Guinwa Zeineddine & Shanti Christina. With their individual, unapologetic approach, they are sure to tell it how it is each week as they spill the tea on America’s “favorite” family. Follow along as they try to “keep up” with this family empire by discussing the latest episodes, news and gossip, their current fashion/make up trends, and SO MUCH MORE! The best part? The show will run year round with no hiatus which means YOU will always have a place to turn to for Kardashian updates! Who knows, they might even bring some special guests along for the ride. Tune in every Sunday at 8pm pst ONLY on AfterBuzz TV.

Netflix’s Back to School Announcement: The Magic School Bus Rides Again

By Sam Curran

Back to school time is here and what better way to get in the spirit than a reboot of the hit TV series The Magic School Bus!  Netflix released its trailer for the new animated children’s series on September 5th featuring a catchy new theme song by Lin-Manuel Miranda.  In this version of the show, Kate McKinnon’s Fiona Frizzle will take the place of her sister Professor Frizzle as the extravagant science teacher at Walkerville School.

We are not only getting a new science teacher, but a new bus capable of taking the classroom’s field trips to new heights including the core of the sun and even the internet, according to a press release.  The announcement of this reboot has caused a great spark of excitement among Magic School Bus fans and TV viewers in general.  It will be interesting to see how this version of the television show educates and relates to today’s youth culture.  The adventure begins September 29th on Netflix.

Narcos Season 3 Released on Netflix: Pablo Escobar’s Replacement—The Cali Cartel

By Sam Curran

This year September rolled around accompanied by the release of the third season in Netflix’s hit TV drama Narcos.  Season 2 left us with Pablo Escobar bleeding out on a Columbian rooftop at the hands of DEA agent Steve Murphy ending the dynasty of the Medellín Cartel. The season 2 finale concluded by revealing the new prioritized target of the DEA—the Cali Cartel.

Steve Murphy left the DEA shortly after the death of Pablo Escobar and was consequentially written out of the script.  Holbrook’s co-star Pedro Pascal who plays DEA agent Javier Peña is assuming the role of our protagonist as well as show narrator.  After developing a significant relationship with Holbrook as the lead of the show I am interested to see how I may take to this change of leads.  This change could argumentatively serve as beneficial to reminding the audience the focus of the show is the cocaine industry, and the players are a secondary focus.  With Escobar and Murphy gone we are given an opportunity to become reinvested in different aspects of the show.

Season 3 will focus on the Cali cartel, a very large, prestigious, and violent organization responsible for smuggling tremendous amounts of cocaine into the U.S. in the late 80s and early 90s following the death of Pablo Escobar.  The leaders of the Cali cartel announce their plan to surrender to authorities on their own terms and must make as much money as they can and however possible, over their final six month period as a drug smuggling organization.  As Peña explains in the season premiere, “When Pablo Escobar killed you, he wanted everyone to know about it”, but the Cali cartel’s best interest is to keep a low-profile, which could prove to cause a viciously bloody battle.

Reginald Hudlin Says You Need to Be The Power!

By Chae’ Jones

With no path from East St. Louis, IL to working in Hollywood, this man created one for himself. On “Spotlight On” our host Chae’ Jones sits down with director, producer, writer and Oscar Governor, Reginald Hudlin about his upcoming movie “Marshall” and his recently released DC comic book, “The Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special #1”.

Reginald Hudlin started with directing and writing the movie House Party as a short film that later turned into the feature film that is still the highest grossing movie in the franchise. Hudlin’s new movie “Marshall” tells about one of Thurgood Marshall’s greatest challenge in the early days of his career. When asked what made him want to be apart of this film Hudlin said, “For me, if you have a black Mount Rushmore, now everybody would have different people on it. For me, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Thurgood Marshall. Thurgood Marshall is the most underrated on that list. For me, he is one of the most important. For many reasons for one he wasn’t a minister unlike Malcom and Martin. The other three are outlaws, for a good cause, for justice right? And that’s a big part of who we are as a people but we also have to lawmakers. We can’t just fight the power. We have to be the power. Part of being the power is setting up a fair legal system, setting up a fair government and that’s what Thurgood Marshall dedicated his life to doing.” Marshall is out in theaters nationwide on October 13th.

A comic book lover, and after writing the Black Panther mini series, he has a new DC comic book apart of the Jack Kirby One Shots 2017 titled, “The Black Racer and Shilo Norman Special #1”. Hudlin said, “Kirby has created a million great characters. There wouldn’t be comic books if not for Jack Kirby. So there’s a character called The Black Racer who is basically death personified who flies after you. And then he has another character called Mr. Miracle who’s the world’s greatest escape artist.” He put the escape artist versus death. “It’s so dope!” If you want a copy you can buy it on the DC Comics website as the comic book was released August 30th, 2017.

You can watch the FULL interview here:

 

X-Pac 1,2,360 Turns One!

PRESS RELEASE- Los Angeles

X-PAC 12360

WWE Hall of Famer  “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is the special guest on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 this week and talks about possibly accepting a movie role from The Rock!

Get it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/hgVGcdcXq8U  or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below:

Steve Austin on Superstar Billy Graham being the first Stone Cold: He was at another level; in a different world. Big props to Superstar because really, he was the first Stone Cold because when Senior (Vince McMahon Sr.) was running the promotion he was a white hot heel who transitioned himself into a baby (face) but senior didn’t really know what to do with him.

Steve Austin hitches a ride with Barry Windham: Windham looks over at me and goes,” kid, who you riding with?” I said, “I don’t know man. Guess I’ll just get a Rent-A-Car.” He goes, “Why don’t you ride with us?” I said, “Well cool.” Got in the car, it was a Cadillac. A brand new Cadillac Four Star V8. I never sat in a Cadillac, much less drove one. Barry goes, “Kid you want to drive?”  I said, ‘Well sure.” So we’re going down the highway somewhere in the south; Florida or Georgia, somewhere like that. And we’re going down the road and I’m just looking at all the gadgets you know. The speedometer and all that stuff and I veer off the road and I jerk it back and it was kind of scary because I was going about 70mph. And Barry the king of the no sell. looks at me like this (WTF) “You okay kid?”

Stone Cold Steve Austin talks about Being fans of Botchamania: God dang it’s so entertaining when you see people blow stuff in the ring as long as nobody gets hurt

Stone Cold Steve Austin’s thoughts on Willie Mack using the Stunner: Man, I think he does a good job with it and I’ve been wanting to have him on the podcast… I think it’s great. He’s a damn good worker to begin with…I got no problem with it at all. I think it’s bad ass.

Is Stone Cold planing a trip to Reseda for PWG Battle of LA :We just got finished filming (Broken Skull Challenge) so I might undertake one evening of that.  Because I’ve been wanting to check out that scene because I’ve heard how cool the atmosphere is and everybody buys in

Steve Austin on how he can’t find ROH on his TV:I just never know what channel it’s on or how to watch it.  I would DVR it because when I was filming (Broken Skull Challenge) I had a satellite and a big TV in my trailer

Steve Austin on whether he would do an acting role if The Rock produced it: I’m so proud of The Rock and everything he has done. I don’t like to memorize anything. Would I consider it,  Yes

Steve Austin’s not happy with the way he performed in “The Longest Yard”: When I watched “The Longest Yard” back I was mad because I could have toned it down with a few scenes I had with Kevin Nash. I was yelling at the top of my voice & I thought “ Man, why didn’t the director call me and say, Steve, that’s a level 10 of intensity, why don’t you start a level 2 or 3.” Direct me a little bit, I’m not faulting the guy, I was just a guy.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Ryan Henry Surprises Black Ink Chicago Hosts In Studio

By: Nakia Monet 

Its always a turn up when it comes to Black Ink Crew: Chicago, and this season has not disappointed. Afterbuzz TV’s after show hosts Carmelita Cimone, LMarie and Nakia Monet  keep it real ever week by discussing the changes within the cast, the fights, the hookups and the glow ups that’s been occurring on season 3.

With cast mates Charmaine, Kat and Van making their appearances at the Black Ink Chicago after show at Afterbuzz TV, it was now Don’s turn to tell his story. With Don currently located in Chicago, he took the time out and skyped the ladies of Afterbuzz introducing himself as the Don the audience never got to see on television.

“I’m not going to say its uncommon but people make mistakes. so in the beginning of my Black Ink career you just kind of saw me getting over that depression. I was an individual trying to bounce back. I’m not gong to lie to you I was just caught in a negative space”

The audience  can agree that its been a breath of fresh air to see this side of Don. For the past two seasons we only got to see the “angry Don” and never got the opportunity to know the real Don. During the interview, Don opened up to ladies about his community outreach and working as a behavioral specialist in Chicago. 

“The Donald that you see on TV is only like 25% of the man I really am in reality. The things I really do outside of TV, Community base wise especially in Chicago with the guns, the death rate and violent rate so high. Cook county is full of our young black male and women here in Chicago. I’m that dude that’s really out here in these streets in the city of Chicago trying to put them under my umbrella , cuff them under my wing, really trying to reform my city back to what it use to be”

With the interview going at a steady pace, Don opened up even more and talked about his relationship with wife Ashley, piercing at the shop, and staying neutral while some of the 9 Mag family were feuding.

During the opening of the show co host Nakia Monet read some tweets that she exchanged with cast member Ryan last week, tweeting that his side of the story has not come out yet and they have to stay tuned because there is was more to come. Looking into the camera the ladies invite Ryan to a future show but expressed that he may actually be in LA while they were filming. “A little birdie told me that he might be in LA the weekend- Carmelita.  “I saw him on an airplane (Instagram), I’m like where are you going Ryan”- LMarie

To their surprise during the show, the studio door swings open and its Ryan himself surprising the ladies during his LA trip and boy were they excited, shocked and speechless at the same time. And with the ladies not holding back, as soon as Ryan got comfortable and seated, they went straight to the horses mouth to get the tea about whats really going on over there at 9 Mag and who really owns it.

“The building that we are in, we are in a building called Artist loft. I had been in that building for the last 7 years. Me and the owner, a guy named Joey , we’ve been good friends through that. from that me and the owner we had an idea like okay ,well I  want to do something different , man we like we got all this space in this building, lets build this shop. This was just me and the owner and I always been in talks with Van and Phor because we all been on different sides of the  city like Lets build a shop. We should come together” “I had the opportunity to build this shop with the owner. We build the shop he wanted to have a partnership, I’m like no lets not have the partnership, so he was like okay put what artist you want to go in here. He wanted me to go and put some whole other artist in there, I’m like no I don’t want to put these artist in there, I want to put these artist (Van and Phor) In here.”

With Ryan keeping it all the way 100, it was pure silence from the ladies as he continued to tell his story of the beginning of 9 Mag. He stated he had to put his ego aside and come together as a team to build an amazing shop.  “

“What I own on the show and what they don’t show a lot of is , man look, I know where  I was wrong by saying yea I own the business but F*** it man everybody do what they want to do because the ultimate goal was lets be a family. I always told them and they always knew like  man I’m not working with nobody else. We all worked solo , we all worked by ourselves and moving forward in business  no matter how big we got I never wanted to work with no other artist. I want to work with y’all forever, y’all my family, that what this tattoo is about. “

Talk about a surprise! Ryan and Don got the opportunity to tell their sides of the story, A side you don’t get to see on reality TV.  Make sure to tune into the whole interview below for laughs and good time with the 9Mag Guys.

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Black Ink Crew: Chicago after show on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Wednesday at 10pm. You can follow the host at @KeyKeyBoomBoom @King_Carma_  @LMarieTV and make sure to follow Afterbuzz at @AfterBuzzTV. 

Spider-Man Sequel Confirmed

By Frank Alteri

Spider-Man Homecoming Writers on Board for the Sequel

After the critical failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014, Sony was in need of a reboot that would reestablish the franchise for years to come. Spider-Man Homecoming  did just that, earning a 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, and over $700 million at the box office. 

Sony and Marvel Studios will continue with the same formula, as it is confirmed that writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are negotiating to return for the second Spider-Man film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

One of the greatest aspects of Spider-Man Homecoming is the well written humor, which can be traced back to the collaboration between McKenna and Sommers.

The comedy duo has worked on notable sit coms such as The Mindy Project, American Dad, and Community. 

The Spider-Man sequel is set to be released on July 5, 2019. 

In Real Life finally announces the name for their fandom, plus new Christmas music, celebrity crushes, and the roles they each play in the group!

By Stephen Lovegrove

“In Real Life,” currently the biggest boy band in the world, stopped by the Afterbuzz studios on August 29, 2017 to talk with Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast about their recent victory on the ABC series Boy Band.

They are celebrating their first single, “Eyes Closed” reaching #8 overall on the iTunes charts overnight. In Real Life performed their first official show at Universal Citywalk on Saturday night, August 26th, in front of a huge audience turnout.

The guys of IRL are filming the music video for the single on August 30th, 2017. They are primarily filming outdoors on an LA rooftop in weather that is predicted to be over 100 degrees. The “Eyes Closed” music video will be shared on social media in the coming weeks.

The boys were thrilled to announce that they just recorded a Christmas song which “definitely incorporates a lot of different elements,” It’s an original song – not a cover of a Christmas classic, but one that is completely unique to In Real Life. Chance Perez mentioned how rare it is for there to be new Christmas songs, especially from boy bands, and Brady confirmed that it’s a pop song that perfectly matches their sound. Fans can expect the Christmas single to be out later this year.

When asked about the roles each of the boys play in the group, they expressed that Sergio is the comedic relief; Michael Conor is the inspiration; Chance is the dad of the group; Drew is the nerd; Brady is the realist.

The boys were happy to reveal the long-awaited name for their fandom – LIFELINES. Brady explained the name has significance because the fans were their lifelines during the show, voting to keep them on each week and then to put them into the band. As Michael Conor put it, “Our fans are our lifelines.”

The guys of IRL each shared their dream musical collaborations and personal inspirations:
Chance – Michael Jackson
Brady – The Weeknd
Sergio – Charlie Puth
Drew – Bruno Mars
Michael – Logic
They also shared their surprising celebrity crushes in the interview!

The IRL boys revealed they have a group goal of performing on the VMA stage next year. They also would love to perform at Madison Square Garden and Staples Center one day.

Each boy finished the show by sharing their personal favorite movie, Boy Band architect, candy, song, fast food restaurant, superhero, Disney princess, ice cream flavor, and fan gift.

Check out the full show HERE:

Showtime Being Sued Over Mayweather-McGregor Fight Live-Stream Glitches

By: Briana Phipps

A disgruntled fan of Saturday nights fight filed a lawsuit against Showtime Networks, alleging the programmer’s live-stream of the much-hyped boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor was not delivered in HD quality as promised.

The suit, which was filed by Zack Bartel, a resident of Portland, Ore., against Showtime seeks the greater amount of either $200 in statutory damages or recovery of “actual damages.” The complaint seeks class-action status on behalf of other Oregon residents, and noted that Bartel and others are entitled to punitive damages.

A Showtime rep declined to comment, citing its policy of not commenting on ongoing litigation.

“Instead of being a ‘witness to history’ as defendant had promised, the only thing plaintiff witnessed was grainy video, error screens, buffer events, and stalls,” according to Bartel’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Portland on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Bartel, paid $99.99 to watch the event in HD on Apple TV via Showtime’s pay-per-view app. Per the lawsuit, while the Showtime PPV stream was delivered in poor quality and plagued with error messages, Bartel was able to access YouTube and Netflix “in crystal-clear HD, as usual.” He even tested his Comcast Xfinity broadband connection to make sure the issues weren’t being caused by a bad connection, according to the suit.

“In hopes of maximizing profits, [Showtime] rushed its pay-per-view streaming service to market, without securing enough networking bandwidth to support the number of subscribers who paid to watch the fight,” Bartel alleged in the lawsuit.

The Aug. 26 Mayweather-McGregor fight was the first major boxing match available to order on pay-per-view online — without requiring a pay-TV subscription.

A Showtime rep said that it would issue a full refund to any customers who paid for the PPV eventthrough its direct-to-consumer services, if Showtime is able to confirm they were unable to watch the live stream.

‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Repeats at No. 1 With $10 Million

By: Briana Phipps

No major new releases came out this weekend — and none are coming out next weekend — so box office numbers have reached an annual low, as Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” took the No. 1 spot with $10 million in its second weekend and a 10-day total of just under $40 million. It’s the lowest total for a No. 1 film in any weekend this year.

There are several factors that contributed to the weak returns in the final days of the summer season. Among them was Hurricane Harvey, which forced theater closures and resident evacuations in Houston and other major cities in southeast Texas.

The boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor also dominated the cultural conversation all week and drew many people away from the cinemas and to the sports bars on Saturday night. In fact, industry estimates have Mayweather vs. McGregor cracking the top ten at the box office, as Fathom Events’ broadcast of the fight made an estimated $2.4 million from 481 screens.

But even without storms or pay-per-view fights, there were simply no movies out this weekend that grabbed the public’s attention. This time last year, the horror film “Don’t Breathe” got some traction and opened to a solid $26.4 million. This weekend, the only new release that cracked the top five was The Weinstein Company’s animated film “Leap!,” which released on 2,575 screens and took the No. 3 spot with a mere $5 million. Audiences who saw the film gave it an A on CinemaScore, but critics rejected it with a 37 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

Sliding in between “Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “Leap!” was “Annabelle: Creation,” which took the No. 2 spot in its third weekend with $7.4 million to bring its total to $78 million, five percent ahead of the total made to this point by the first “Annabelle.” In fourth place is TWC’s “Wind River,” which expanded wide this weekend and made $4.4 million from 2,124 screens, bringing its total to $9.8 million. Fingerprint/Bleecker Street’s “Logan Lucky” completed the top five with $4.1 million in its second weekend, bringing its 10-day total to $14.8 million.

Finishing outside the top five is BH Tilt’s “Birth of the Dragon,” which was released on 1,618 screens per the distributor’s strategy of targeted releases that try to maximize revenue by only marketing to a niche audience. The martial arts film made an estimated $2.5 million this weekend, scoring a B on CinemaScore and 27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

It’s a Couples Competition on Season 25 of “Dancing With The Stars”

By Becca Brown

It’s a couples competition! Multiple sources have now confirmed that couple Nick and Vanessa Lachey will be competing with each other for the mirror ball trophy during season 25 of Dancing With The Stars. Also confirmed to be joining the competition this season are twins Drew Scott and Nikki Bella.

The source who confirmed that the Lachey’s will be competing on this season of the show said “The show isn’t holding back this year, they really want this to be a big season and one of the ways they’ll do this is with mini rivalries!”

As long time DWTS fans know, this isn’t the first time a Lachey has competed on the show. In season 2, Nick’s younger brother Drew Lachey won the mirror ball trophy with partner Cheryl Burke and returned to compete on the show in season 15 for the All-Stars season.
Dancing With the Stars returns Monday, September 18th at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and will once again feature pros, Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta, Emma Slater, Lindsay Arnold, Keo Motsepe, Artem Chigvintsev, Gleb Savchenko, Sharna Burgess, and Alan Bersten.

When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story Intensity In The Truth Sets It On A Pedestal

By Chae’ Jones

Love sometimes is blind and it can definitely make us do stupid, rational things in its name. Host Chae’ Jones talks with Tasha Smith and Niatia “Lil Mama” Kirkland on Black Hollywood Live Conversations about the upcoming movie premiere on TV One Monday, August 28th.

This movies best feature is its telling of the truth in such an honest and vulnerable way that you really feel like you know Falicia Blakely a little bit more than when you read the story back in 2002. There is a scene in the film, that as a viewer it might make it harder to watch but Smith and Lil Mama said that was the easiest scene to film. “I was just telling my friends the other day, that was not the hardest scene to record. It was technical and easy but I think the hardest part was to watch.” Kirkland said when asked how that scene was for her to do. “We had to work as a team and Lance came in a few days later and Tasha made sure I got to work with the stunt coordinator.”

If you wanted to know just what that rehearsal between Kirkland and the stunt coordinator looked like you will be able to see it after this Monday. “Didn’t we talk about after the movie airs we’re release your stunt tape. Can we please? I’ll let you post it first and then I’ll repost it.” Tasha asked and Kirkland agreed to let the world see it. “Her rehearsal with the stunt coordinator, why I’m crazy because I was watching it and I was laughing, cause it was like funny and then he had these sound effects. If we could capture what she did in rehearsal on camera, that is going to be amazing.”

You can watch the full interview HERE:

Moms of In Real Life and Other Boy Band Contestants

By Stephen Lovegrove

On the finale of Boy Band, “Top 5 Revealed,” America’s new boy band, In Real Life, was revealed to millions of eager fans – one boy at a time. This event was covered live by Stephen Lovegrove, Suzanne Quast, and Lindsey Miller at the taping and then extensively during the aftershow on Afterbuzz TV. 

The band’s name (In Real Life) was chosen by both producers and contestants together, and the five winning boys are the recipients of a record deal with Hollywood Records. 

The five boys who made it into “In Real Life” are Brady Tutton, Chance Perez, Drew Ramos, Sergio Calderon, and Michael Conor – revealed to the viewing audience in that order during the finale. 

Their first single is entitled “Eyes Closed.” It was written by platinum Hollywood hitmaker Justin Tranter (the songwriter behind Julia Michaels’s Issues and Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”) and performed by In Real Life at the conclusion of the episode. They are planning to film the music video for the song next Thursday and currently exploring possible names for their fanbase. 

The boys revealed backstage that they all had to learn all parts for the song individually – including what ended up being Michael Conor’s rap – and be prepared to perform any of them during the finale. That was necessary in order for the producers to keep the final winners a secret until Thursday night on live television. 

Two of the boys’ moms revealed fascinating backstories about the entire show process on an Afterbuzz TV exclusive special with Stephen Lovegrove, Suzanne Quast, and Carissa Blades. 

Coleen Tutton, mom of Brady Tutton, shared the hilarious story of her son’s audition journey. Brady completed a Skype audition for the show and had not received instructions in advance, so he didn’t even realize it was an audition and thought it was more of a “hi, how are you” meeting. Brady had zero preparation for the audition, particularly the dancing part, and felt sure he didn’t make it onto the show. He was also already committed to a play that ran through October, which was a direct conflict with filming. The producers encouraged Coleen and Brady to come out to LA, reassuring them that it was a good fit and asking, “What do you have to lose?” Brady was “hooked” after doing the main audition in LA. Although he originally turned down Boy Band to do the play, the producers were persistent, and the director of the play graciously allowed Brady to leave to pursue his dreams. 

Dena Smith, mom of Michael Conor, explained that Michael came home from school one day and shared that he had received a DM on Instagram asking if he was interested in auditioning for a show. She was in the midst of packing for a spring break trip at this point. They asked if Michael could get on Skype to sing, rap, and complete an interview. He struggled to find a rap for the audition that was “family appropriate” for ABC Disney. As Dena explained, somehow “all the pieces fell into place … it all worked out.” They were invited to the big audition in LA, but Dena still did not believe it was real until they got their plane tickets in the mail. When they arrived at the hotel, Dena expressed that it felt surreal. Michael came home saying “My life is forever changed.” 

The rest is history, and the boys’ journey has just begun! 

Watch the full special featuring the moms of “In Real Life” with Stephen Lovegrove, Suzanne Quast, and Carissa Blades here: 

RIP Thomas Meehan

By: Jeff Graham

There are some playwrights whose body of work is so legendary, so influential, that you can tangibly acknowledge a creative imprint on the theatre community, a rare feat for behind-the-scenes creatives in this industry.

Playwriting legend legend Thomas Meehan, who passed on Aug 22 after a long battle with cancer, is one of those giants, who’s inspirational, multifaceted protfolio can’t help but inspire awe. Meehan penned the dialouge for such hits as Annie (1977), The Producers (2001), and Hairspray, for all of which her wont the Tony For Best Book of a Musical.

The list of additional plays for which Mr. Meehan penned (or co-penned) the book includes: Ain’t Broadway Grand, Oh, Kay!, Bombay Dreams, I Remember Mama, Cry Baby, Elf, Chaplin, and Rocky. With such a deep and recognizable list of hits, it’s truly impossible to deny Mr. Meehan’s giant status within the entertainment industry.

Many of his theatre peers have expressed somber gratitude for his mega-contributions to the Broadway. Check it out below!

 

Joker Origins Movie in the Works at Warner Bros.

By Frank Alteri

The Joker is Batman’s greatest foe, and it looks like the fan favorite will be kicking off a fresh continuity of DC films at Warner Bros. Entertainment Weekly confirmed that Martin Scorsese will produce a Joker origins film with the Hangover’s Todd Phillips set to direct. 

This will be the first movie under a new franchise at DC that will bring unique portrayals to their most famous characters. 

According to Deadline, the untitled Joker Origins film will apparently be “a gritty and grounded hard-boiled crime film set in early 80’s Gotham City.”  The DCEU’s Jared Leto will not reprise his role as the Joker, as DC intends to recast the role for this particular continuity. 

Even after a controversial debut in Suicide Squad, Leto is confirmed to be appearing in the sequel, as well as Gotham City Sirens. 

Are two Jokers too many? Or is this a new creative idea to keep the comic book genre moving forward?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Derrick Kosinski talks about his Challenge return on AfterBuzz TV

By Jenna Bussiere

Derrick Kosinski is back from the dead. MTV fans were unsure they would ever see the veteran on a Challenge again, but after seven years he’s resurrected to join this season of The competition show, ‘The Challenge’ XXX: Dirty 30. Kosinski called into AfterBuzz TV’s The Challenge after show to tell Paulina Aguilar, Jenna Bussiere, Pamela Gross, and David Christopher all about his return.

“I was going through some tough times in my life, and I needed it. I needed someone to toss me a bone and I feel like this is Gods way of giving me a chance and an opportunity. This is something I’ll never forget.”

Considered one of the best to ever play the game, Kosinski has competed in nine different challenges. However, the hiatus left him feeling like a rookie again. “It was a major culture shock when I got there,” he admitted to AfterBuzz. “It’s survival mode everyday. For you to bite your tongue is difficult and the longer you’re there, the more and more stressful it gets.”

The three time champion played a key role in episode six this past Tuesday. After finishing the challenge in the bottom two teams, he pulled the double cross and chose to put Ammo in the elimination against Jordan. It was a decision he was ridiculed for.

“Today was a big move for me. I didn’t want to put Ammo in and I felt bad. A part of me wanted to actually put myself in. Believe it or not, it wasn’t do I put Tony in? Do I put Dario in? It was do I put myself in? Or do I put the new guy in?”

Kosinski further explains his decision to throw in Ammo on the AfterBuzz TV recap when he  mentions a prior alliance he had with Tony and Dario. He also spilled a rumor he’s heard about a long time favorite MTV series making a return. Make sure you check out AfterBuzz TV’s The Challenge After Show for Episode 6 and tune in every Tuesday at 10PM PST.

SYTYCD Comfort Zones Get Tested

By: Becky Sattero

Another emotional Monday night at So You Think You Can Dance proved, each cut is not going to get an easier on the judges, the contestants, Allstars – or fans.

The reoccurring theme of the 2 hour talent-packed show: contestant’s comfort zones were tested by breathtaking choreography by some of the industry’s best.

Which contestants thrived and demonstrated excellence? Who fell slightly short of impressing the judges?

The ladder was Sydney Tormey, who’s elegance, poise, and ballroom technique caught the eye of fellow ballroom expert and Allstar, Paul. Additionally she was awarded a humbling complement by Nigel in week one for being so memorable and “no longer flying under his radar.” However, after being caught in the bottom three for the second consecutive week and their hip hop leaving much to be desired for the judges, Sydney was eliminated.

Mark and Dassy were the other two contestants in the bottom three. Loud disapproving screeches filled the soundstage when their names were called.

AfterBuzz talked to Sydney after the show and she said she’s looking forward and hopeful to what’s next for her.

“Honestly, I just wanna travel and find myself, find what I really wanna do with dance, just experience as many things as I can before it’s too late,” Sydney said. It’s never too late, we will see much more from this talented dancer.

Many of the contestants had a blast testing their comfort zone, like Taylor Sieve and Allstar Robert. “I was so pumped actually, I was really excited because obviously I had never done it before,” said Taylor when asked how she felt about taking on a difficult Samba that left the judges underwhelmed.

“Anything that comes at us, I really enjoy doing,” Lex exclaimed when asked if there was type of choreography that would be too tough for he and Allstar partner Gaby.

Though Dassy was in the bottom three, she and Allstar Fik-Shun were all smiles during ABTV’s interview. They laughed and were playful with one another when asked about nicknames and pre-show rituals. “Luther can bring out ‘Peaches’ – y’all don’t know who Peaches is but that’s her little alter ego…” said Fik-Shun when asked about what choreographer the pair would love to work with. Apparently Dassy has a pretty sassy alter ego and we caught glimpses of that in tonight’s funky jazz routine.

“We do it for ourselves, it’s a deep inner spiritual thing…to be proud of myself,” Mark says with  much heart when asked how hard it was to be in the bottom three. He continues, “this is longevity!” when talking about his undeniable chemistry and friendship with partner and Allstar, Comfort.

Allison continued to gush over the raw talent and exquisite technique of her partner, Logan, the pair blew the judges away with their high-energy Jive. “I felt like this week was a week to show so many different shades of myself,” said Logan. They showcased tonight, they are a force to be reckoned with in the competition.

Another force in the future to watch out for, The Boss Family’s possible appearance as contestants on season 2 of The World of Dance. When asked if they’d consider, “The Boss Family on World of Dance!? Yeah I’ll put that out there,” said Allison. You heard it here first AfterBuzz fans!

To get all the updates, news and info tune in on Wednesday nights at 7 PCT for the AfterBuzz TV after show of, So You Think You Can Dance!

Is Taylor Swift Era 6 Really Coming?

By Becca Brown

Is a new Taylor Swift era on the way? Fans all over the internet are predicting the answer is yes.

On Friday, which happened to be the third anniversary of her hit single “Shake It Off”, without any explanation or warning Swift deleted everything, yes EVERYTHING including her profile pictures/icons off of her social media accounts. Her website for the time being is also blank and black.

Swift fans on Twitter were quick to create the hashtags #TS6 and #TS6IsComing, in hopes that new Taylor Swift music will be dropping in the near future.

To add to the excitement, today on Twitter Swift posted a single video of what appears to either be a snake or a dragon which once again had fans freaking out and speculating.

When fans went to research in hopes to find out what Swift has been up to one fan found a song titled “Timeless” registered to her name on Genius. One of Swift’s past music video director’s, Joseph Kahn, also tweeted about the singer during today’s solar eclipse saying, “In 30 minutes, as a show of power, @taylorswift13 will blot out the sun.” followed by “People shouldn’t take my tweets literally, metaphorically, alliteratively, seriously, or ironically.”

What do you think Swift is up to? Comment below and let us know.

Isaac Keys Talks NFL, Trump, at 50 Cent

By: Tiege Dooley-Panko

Get Shorty’s Isaac Keys talks to AfterBuzz about NFL Concussions, working with Trump on reality TV, and new projects with 50 Cent Isaac Keys , former NFL Linebacker turned actor and motivational speaker stopped by AfterBuzz to chat about what he’s been working on and what’s to come. Keys told ABTV his upbringing in St. Louis, Missouri prepared him to succeed in football and in acting.

“My parents were telling me to work harder than everybody else and even then it might not be enough so you need to stand out,” Keys said. “That just translated into work and school. I always had it in my head that I had to do better.”

Since football related concussions have been such a hot button recently, host Tiege Dooley-Panko asked Keys how it was handled when he was in the NFL.

Keys told ABTV that he and most of his friends often got concussions playing.

“Now that were starting to talk about it, we can start to do more things to prevent them and do things to make it safer for the kids coming up,” Keys said. “Unfortunately, it’s part of the game. Football is not a game you can play if your heart isn’t in it.”

Keys said he still loves the sport but something might have to change to make safety a higher priority.

“Football and sports are a way out for a lot of kids in different communities. In under privileges communities, that’s their outlet. It’s keeping them off the streets and it provides a platform for kids to learn to be team members, how to work through adverse situations, work in the community and be disciplined,” Keys said.

Keys talked briefly about his experience on Donald Trump’s reality show, The Ultimate Merger.

He said he was glad he did the show because it was the first time he was in front of the camera and he made meaningful relationships.

Keys said he only met Trump once after taping at a premiere of the show. He said he didn’t have a chance to talk much to him there.

After the reality show, Keys told ABTV someone from TV One got him an audition for a TV show. He laughs with Tiege about the fact that he wasn’t prepared at all for that audition.

“I wasn’t ready. I was as green as the grass on a football field. You’ve gotta trust the process but you can’t cheat it either,” Keys told ABTV.

From there, he trained and worked his way to where he is today.

Keys most recent work was on EPIX original series, Get Shorty as Ed.

He said he had a great time working on that project and loved working with Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd. “Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd get on set and it’s just jokes going back and forth. We had such a family on that show,” Keys said.

Keys is signed on for Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s upcoming project called, The Oath. He said he’s excited for his role as “G” because he gets to be a bit more vulnerable.

“I wanted range and that’s what I want to continue to show people,” Keys said.

Be sure to keep up with everything Isaac Keys via Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @isaackeys and follow @Afterbuzztv for up to date Spotlight On segments!

Stephen Glover Talks about “Crazy” Atlanta Ideas and His Emmy Nomination

By Becca Brown

Soon after FX’s Atlanta was announced as a 2017 Emmy nominated show, writer Stephen Glover, brother of creator and star Donald Glover talked with Entertainment Tonight about how the crazy ideas channeled in which no one was one hundred percent confident would work, earned him an an Emmy nomination for his writing.

Atlanta was a hit for FX in 2016 with not only the audience, but with the critics. The show recently earned a total of five Emmy nominations including Glover’s nomination for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series”.   

When asked about the show’s success Glover said, “We really thought it was going to be a show that people wouldn’t get. Like, ‘This is kind of out there, but it’s something I might like.’ But I think it turned out that people actually wanted something like that, something kind of weird. The response up front has been crazy.”

Glover’s nominated episode is called “Streets on Lock,” which is an episode about what happens directly after the pilot of the show in which Earn and Paper Boi must deal with the results of a parking lot shooting.

About the writing process for the show which involved a writing room of entirely black writers who were gaining their first TV experience, Glover says, “It was organic. We would meet at the house and talk about different things — things we wanted to see. We weren’t used to the typical structure and that worked to our advantage.”

Season two of Atlanta is confirmed to be returning in 2018. Make sure to catch the Primetime Emmys on Sunday September 17th to find out which Emmys Atlanta takes home. Check out our after show for Atlanta HERE: 

Aly & AJ Make Their Return to Music

By Becca Brown

Aly & AJ Michalka ARE BACK! After 10 years, the Hollywood Records signed teen duo who became well known because of songs such as “Like Whoa”, “Rush”, “On The Ride”, “Potential Breakup Song”, and more, just released their new single “Take Me” on iTunes.

Back in 2004, Aly got her start with Disney Channel when she starred in Phil Of The Future as Keely Teslow. One of the duo’s breakout moments happened in 2005 when their cover of “Do You Believe In Magic” played in Aly’s Disney Channel Movie Now You See It…. AJ later made her first appearance on Disney in 2006 with her sister in the movie Cow-Belles. Four years later, Aly & AJ left Hollywood Records and changed their band name to 78violet.

When asked about the change Aly told ELLE.com, “We wanted to do projects that didn’t involve the two of us. Over time we realized making records without any sort of label support is really difficult. It ended up taking more time than we originally thought, but we also didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it was. That sort of crushed us, and we had to go back to square one.”

From 2014 on, both Aly & AJ pursued acting careers. Aly currently stars on iZombie as Peyton Charles while AJ stars on The Goldbergs as Lainey Lewis. Since the beginning of the year the duo has been teasing new music and with their release of their new single “Take Me” also came the announcement that they are releasing a four-song EP followed by a full album release in 2018. When teasing their new music Aly said that “Now that I’m married, and we’ve each had many relationships and heartbreaks, we’re coming at songwriting at a much different way.”

What are your thoughts on Aly & AJ’s comeback? Sound off in the comments below!

 

Bachelor In Paradise’s Carly Waddell and Evan Bass Announce They’re Expecting a Baby Girl

By Becca Brown

It’s a girl! It’s a girl! As seen on ABC network, in June of this summer Bachelor In Paradise couple Carly Waddell and Evan Bass tied the knot and just days later the couple has announced that they’re expecting a baby girl. On Saturday Waddall posted a photo which included Bass and his three sons from his previous marriage and holding pink props with a caption that read, “This is our professional Gender Reveal photo! 😂 IT’S A GIRL!!!! I’m not the only girl anymore! Woo Hoo!!!! 👛👙👗🐷”.

“When we found out we both started crying our eyes out with tears of happiness. We are already planning an all pink room. The boys freaked out. Also, I was feeling extremely lucky so I went out and bought a lottery ticket for the first time since I was 18. I didn’t win so I guess I’m not that lucky,” Bass told E! News this weekend. He also said that the entire family was hoping the gender of the baby would be a girl.

To add to the excitement, the couple also recently revealed that the baby girl is expected to arrive in February of 2018. “We are so excited to welcome this new addition to our family, we wanted to start having children quickly…..and mission accomplished,” said Bass.

Check out our Bachelor In Paradise after show HERE:

Maddie Ziegler and Kate Hudson LEAP into New Sia Project

By Becca Brown

It’s official! Dance Moms’ Maddie Ziegler and actress Kate Hudson are teaming up for a secret Sia project. At the Leap! premiere at The Grove in Los Angeles when the project was brought up to Ziegler, the Dance Moms star said “She’s amazing I mean she knows how to do everything, she’s the most incredible actor and she’s probably my biggest inspiration in life  — her and Sia, two girl empowerment, they’re amazing,” about Hudson.

No one knows much about the project yet, besides the fact it is a Sia project, but Ziegler teased that, “it’s really fun and like I said, it’s something completely different and something people won’t expect.” Hudson has also been spotted with a shaved head out in public which is confirmed to be for the project.

For any fans of Ziegler impatiently waiting to see her star in the Sia project, worry not, you can also catch her lending her voice to the movie Leap! coming out on the 25th of the month. Ziegler will be voicing a “snobby” ballerina, which she says is realistic to come across in the dance world. “I feel like there are so many snobby ballerinas in real life and I’ve had to deal with a lot of mean dancers but I guess my character’s just an example of what not to be in the dance scene.”

Olivia Culpo Teams Up with PrettyLittleThing

By Becca Brown

Are you obsessed with 2012 Miss Universe Olivia Culpo’s style? If the answer is yes you’re in luck! Culpo just recently announced that she’ll be collaborating with PrettyLittleThing to create a 30 piece collection based on her style. When asked about the collection Culpo says “”I’ve always been such a big fan of PrettyLittleThing because they have the most unbelievable audience. So many people rely on this brand for their fashion. It makes them feel so sexy and confident and I knew that it was going to be exactly that for people, which I thought was really exciting.”

Culpo is also designing the collection of clothing based on her Italian heritage and what she had around style wise as she was growing up. “When I was growing up, I didn’t have endless resources to spend on fashion, but I still found ways to feel amazing, so I always think it’s so important to know that you don’t need a ton of money to feel good and to look amazing,” said Culpo.

Culpo who has two million followers on Instagram also revealed that she gets a lot of her fashion inspiration from Instagram users she follows saying that, ” I love accounts like FORWARD, Net-A-Porter and Bergdorfs, but then I also like to look at people like WeWoreWhat, Caroline Daur or Sincerely Jules — a lot of people who are actually my friends that have amazing taste.”

You can check out Culpo’s collection HERE: https://www.prettylittlething.com 

Olivia Newton-John Updates Fans on Her Condition and Resumes Tour

By Becca Brown

In late May, Olivia Newton-John announced that she had been re-diagnosed with with breast cancer that had spread to a bone in her lower back called her sacrum. Newton-John was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 which led to her having to get a partial mastectomy and breast reconstruction.

Recently Newton-John took to Facebook to update her fans on her condition via video saying, “Personally, I’d like express my gratitude to all of you who sent such kind and loving messages of support over the past few months. Your prayers and well-wishes have truly helped me and continued to lift my spirits. I’m feeling great and so look forward to seeing you soon.” Newton-John postponed her previously planned tour back in May, but has now officially announced that her tour will be resuming on Thursday with a show in Indiana.

In her video message, Newton-John also announced that she’s helping to launch a new national campaign called “We Go Together” which is part of Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre saying that, “The success of our supportive care programs, plus the groundbreaking and exciting cancer research programs makes us set the bar even higher this year. We need to raise $1 million for the center, so it can continue to grow our critical research, pioneer trials and deliver holistic care to all who are in need.”

You can find out more about the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre HERE: http://www.onjcancercentre.org/. 

Buy tickets for Newton-John’s upcoming tour HERE: http://www.olivianewton-john.com/tour.html

 

Disney On Broadway Reveals ‘Frozen’ Costumes

By Becca Brown

Love Frozen? Already planning on booking plane tickets to New York for Frozen on Broadway? Well it’s time to get even more excited! Disney on Broadway just released a clip on Youtube which shows Patti Murin [Anna], Caissie Levy [Elsa], Jelani Alladin [Kristoff], and John Riddle [Hans] in costume.

The show isn’t hitting the stage in New York until February 2018, however the cast is currently testing out the show for audiences in Denver at the Denver Center for performing arts until October 1st.

Frozen on Broadway is of course inspired by the hit film Disney film which on it’s wide opening weekend earned $67,391,326 and a total of domestic gross of $400,738,009. In an interview with Fortune earlier this year Walt Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger said “we’re not demanding speed, we’re demanding excellence.” when asked about the premiere date for Frozen on Broadway.

Get your first look at the costumes HERE:

Buy tickets to the show in Denver HERE.

Buy tickets to the show in New York HERE.

Production Halted For “Mission Impossible: 6” after Tom Cruise’s Injury

By Becca Brown

“Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer,” says Paramount Pictures three days after Tom Cruise was injured on set of Mission: Impossible 6.

Paramount made a statement confirming that Cruise broke his ankle after seemingly falling short on a stunt where it looked like based on the video he was supposed to be jumping from building to building although Director Christopher McQuarrie said, “the truth is that the stunt was never designed for Tom to jump from rooftop to rooftop which, a) would have been pretty boring and b) when you see the actual shot you’ll understand how it was designed.” he then added that the stunt was supposed to fall short and Cruise was in fact supposed to land on the side of the building, “also, when you look at what was posted on the internet, you can see Tom do the same stunt multiple times. He was always supposed to slam into the side of the building. That’s what gives the stunt its energy.”

It has been confirmed by Paramount Pictures that because of Cruise’s injury production of Mission: Impossible 6 will be postponed until Tom makes his recovery. The film is set to open on July 27th 2018.

Watch the video in which Cruise injured himself HERE:

Two More #BabyBellum’s Are On The Way!

By Becca Brown

More #BabyBellum’s” [Lady Antebellum babies] are officially on the way! Today on Instagram the band shared the news that both Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood are expecting babies saying, “Well, #BabyBellum round 2 is on the way! We’re thrilled to announce the Haywoods are welcoming a girl this December, AND the Tyrrells are expecting in February 2018!”

For both Scott and Haywood this is their second baby. Scott gave birth to her now four year old daughter Eisele back in 2013 and Haywood’s wife, Kelli Cashiola, gave birth to his 2 year old son Cash in September of 2015. In 2015 the song “Thy Will” on Scott’s Grammy winning Christian album was inspired after she suffered a miscarriage.

Also a parent is Scott and Haywood’s bandmate Charles Kelley who welcomed his song Ward in 2016. When asked what life on the road with kids is like Scott explained to Billboard, “For me, it really amplifies the whole experience. There’s nothing better than walking off stage, getting on the bus and looking at the baby monitors, seeing Eisele conked out in the bunk – knowing we’re going to have breakfast in the morning, and that we get to do it all again tomorrow. It’s really special. And now the kids are getting old enough to where they’re playing together.”

Twinkie Bryd’s The Counter: 1960 Is Bringing History Back In Style in a Real Honest Way

By Chae’ Jones

A real history lesson is the cornerstone of what “The Counter: 1960” brings to its viewers. On “iTalk Movies” host Chae’ Jones sits down to talk with director/writer/producer/casting director Twinkie Byrd, and her cast members Etienne Maurice and Jerod Haynes to talk about Twinkie Byrd making her directorial debut of her short film The Counter:1960. The Counter:1960  is the story of six friends working to make a difference in the world they live in. Set in the deep south, they encounter all the challenges of that time period and during their journey employ the methods of peaceful resistance taught by James Lawson, in an attempt to achieve their goals. We talked about how important this story was to tell for Twinkie, dreaming for a better future when you see others that look like you make it, aspirations African Americans had growing up with black leads in a television series, and the empowerment she wants other African Americans to take in knowing their history and be proud about it.

When asked did she know just how important her film would be in today’s world, Bryd replied, “It’s always been important to me. I went to a Historical Black College. I went to North Carolina Central College. My mother’s cousin is Emmett Till and that’s in me. It’s always been in me to talk about about them.” She went on to say about what being a superhero means to her in relation to her film.. “It’s not about capes and it’s not about superpowers. It is literally about the spirit and how they literally faced death. They put their lives on the lives so that we can walk into Starbucks and just order coffee. Just be treated like human beings. Those are my superheroes. We gotta share the stories of my superheros.”

Haynes plays Joseph and likes to think of himself as the Martin Luther King Jr. of the film. Haynes remarked about his character,  “People wanna say he’s a leader. I wanna say it’s more of a sacrifice, right? It’s not about me. If you wanna make it about you, you kinda on your own. He was lucky enough, blessed to find people with all the like and on the wavelength that enough is enough what can we do? And that came to an agreement to say let’s do this and know what’s at risk and we thought the reward was greater than the risk at hand. Today with present Joseph, its the same but because the rules have changed we play a different game. I don’t think we’ve progressed. I think the rules have changed.”

Etienne Ralph Maurice, son of Sheryl Lee Ralph plays Franklin and is said to be more of the Malcolm X of the film. We talked about how the televisions shows we loved growing up that you had to see how having a black father being there for your family could feel a void you didn’t even realize you had. “You’d be amazed how many times growing up, and I’d be in the supermarket with my mom and people would flip out when they’d see my mind. Like you where the mom I never had and I never even really internalize what that meant to people who would watch her on TV. Again it was an aspirational experience to watch these black families on TV.”  

When you think about African American history don’t be ashamed by it because it’s because of those who came before you that made your path a little more clearer. “You should be proud. They walked into schools and were spat upon, had to be escorted by the armed forces just to integrate a school for you.” Bryd said.

You can WATCH the full interview here:

Julie Ann Emery Stops By AfterBuzz TV’s PREACHER After Show to Discuss How Good It Is to Be Bad

By Matt Marr

Julie Ann Emery made an appearance of AfterBuzz TV’s PREACHER after show, where she was interviewed by hosts Ben Bateman, Davie Child, Nate Miller, and Matt Marr.  During the hour interview, Emery, who plays Featherstone, on AMC’s second season of Preacher, dished on how delightful it is to play an assassin.

 NOTE: If you did not watch the August 14th episode of Preacher, beware…SPOILERS AHEAD!

 This episode was huge for Featherstone and the audience got to see that this woman is fearless.  The AfterBuzz panel wanted to know what makes Featherstone so committed to the cause. Is she in love with Herr Starr?

 “I don’t know if it’s love love” Emery said, “He [Herr Starr] has a strength and a directness, and a willingness to do anything. She finds that appealing.”  she went on to say, “Featherstone is a true believer in the Grail. She thinks the world has gone to hell and if she has to blow it up to save she’s going to do that. Herr Starr embodies that.”

 One of the most intense moments of this week’s episode of Preacher was the night massacre where the Grail comes looking for Jesse. The apartment sequence was shot in complete silence in a Call of Duty POV style.

 “Yes, that was a credit to the director, Michael Dowse”, Emery explained, “But also, it was written that way from the beginning. In the first script I got, it said this is shot from the POV of what they called, ‘Grail Hero’.  I think that’s a fascinating thing for a writer to put into a script.”

 This episode also introduced Featherstone’s new favorite weapon of choice, B.R.A.D.

 “Featherstone proper—you know like regular Featherstone—feels very low and flat all the time,” Emery explains. “She thinks in a straight line. [But] there is this whole B.R.A.D. thing that actually does something to her insides where she’s excited about B.R.A.D. It’s awesome. That’s a true zealot.”

 The panel also discussed the long road Preacher had in finally making it to the silver screen…or any screen for that matter. 

Emery was shocked and grateful the show has come so far.  “Who does Preacher? You gotta give AMC Credit,” she said. “Not just for doing it but also–everytime I read something online, where people say, ‘Oh they’re [AMC] not going to let them [the writers] do this.” she then joked, “I’m like…ummmm.”

 AMC and the show’s creators Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and Sam Catlin have famously taken many of the ‘not-so-family-friendly’ aspects of the Preacher comics, and integrated them into the show. “Charlie Collier has taken a big, big risk with Preacher, and continues to take it.”

 Host Miller commented on the many different versions of Featherstone Emery has to play. “It’s amazing how completely you change your looks in the show, “ he noted.

 “I have amazing wigs!” Emery responded.  “A lot of folks on twitter are talking about Featherstone’s quick change abilities, which obviously are vast. But if you do look closely in this episode, you’ll see the wig and the sweater hanging right next to the coat rack in the corner, right next to the front door. She’s insanely prepared, all the time. She’s Featherstone.”

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Preacher after show on Youtube.com and tune in live every Monday night at 11pm EST / 8pm PST.

Emma Stone Tops Forbes Highest Paid Actress List

by Becca Brown

After the movie La La Land grossed at $445.3 million at box office this past year and Emma Stone won best actress for the movie at the Oscars, it should come as no surprise that Stone is now topping Forbes’ highest paid actress list.

Over the last twelve months Forbes estimated that Stone has made about $26 million. Forbes’ editor Natalie Robehmed revealed to Entertainment Tonight that she believes “[Stone] took a lower upfront pay in order to get more compensation on the back end. The movie went on to do phenomenally well.”

Second highest on the list is Friends actress Jennifer Aniston who’s earned $25.5 million in the past twelve months. Forbes says she still gets paid for her endorsements with Smart Water and Aveeno hence her number two spot on the list. Because of her upcoming movies Mother! and Red Sparrow and her endorsement with Dior, 27-year old Jennifer Lawrence came in the number three spot earning $24 million this year.

On how the highest paid actresses are determined for the list, Robehmed says that “We rank our highest-paid actresses list by looking at upfront fees and back-end profits for movies, as well as endorsement paychecks and any other earnings that the actresses might have gotten within our 12-month scoring period, which is from June 2016 to June 2017. All our estimates are before taxes and fees.”

WWE Superstar Aleister Black Talks About His Transition from MMA to Pro Wrestling

By: TK Trinidad

WWE Superstar,  Aleister Black is the special guest on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 this week and talks about his return to WWE.

Get it on YouTube:https://youtu.be/aT7uifn6Z5k?list=PL6THzna6gLceXSSjyY42vGl-BHEg36GfR   or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below:

Aleister Black Talks About Having Hidden Messages On HIs T-Shirt: I’ve used a lot of symbolism that I knew will evoke a reaction as well. Why? Because I know what works. Simple as that. One of the funny things is and not a lot people to this day realize but the old Sumerian death squad shirt had a hidden message in all of them, and I am not gonna tell them about any but there’s hidden messages in my shirt that a lot of people didn’t pick up on.

Aleister Black brings up the time Chris Hero called him about working for PWG: All of a sudden in 2014-15, I started touring through America more, and all of a sudden Chris Hero hits me up, and says “Hey man, I saw you’re here.” (America). He’s my wrestling dad (Chris) to an extent. If it wasn’t for him, a lot of who I am, training wise, wrestling wise & where I’ve been, would not be possible. So, shout out to Kassius Ohno (Chris Hero). He messaged me saying “Hey, so you’re coming to Wrestlemania weekend, I got this for you. PWG is interested in you, are you interested?” I’m like “WOW!” I mean yes.

Aleister Black mentions his merchandise keep selling out.: They started with the white shirts, and funny enough they (WWE) couldn’t keep track of it. It kept selling out, it kept selling out every time. I said, “Are you guys going to put the black shirts in.” I was told no because the white shirts keep selling, we (WWE) don’t have to cause white shirts keep selling. That’s what the process was.

Aleister Black’s Transition from MMA into Pro Wrestling: To a lot of MMA fighters, Pro Wrestling is a very popular thing and I’m very thankful for them to try and make the transition into professional wrestling.  But then they figure out its not as easy as a lot of people think. Just because you have a good athletic background doesn’t make you necessarily a good wrestler. Cause it takes a lot to be a good professional wrestler. “

Aleister Black on being Authentic and connecting with the Audience :I feel like in order for something to connect to an audience there needs to be a form of authenticity. I feel that if you want people to go, “Oh I get him.”,  You have to have lived it. If you haven’t lived through it then you can’t tell the story. That’s what we do. It’s one giant story.

How Aleister Black’s Character Relates to the Fans: I think professional wrestling will always be a reflection of how society is. I think that who I am translates very well in 2017; because a lot of young kids look up to me and go like, “Man. He’s different.” You know? I feel different. I’m an individual and they’re individuals. Everyone’s an individual and individuality is such a strong thing in our society so that translates into wrestling. And here comes this guy and they’ve never seen anything like me before. I’m covered in tattoos head to toe, I have this striking style, I’m smaller than most competitors, and people are like, “Yeah. That’s my guy.”  Why? Because they can see part of themselves in me.

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

TV Producer/ Screenwriter Shonda Rhimes Signs Major Deal With Netflix

By: Briana Phipps

47-year old Shonda Rhimes has just signed a multi-year production deal with Netflix, making her production company, ShondaLand, one of the most powerful woman-owned companies in the television industry!

The terms of the deal with Netflix have not been disclosed, but it was reportedly worth more than $10 million dollars and all of her future productions will be Netflix Original series. Although she is technically leaving ABC, Shonda will also still be continuing to oversee the ABC hits, including development of a spinoff for “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, is glad to have her on board, calling her “one of the greatest storytellers in the history of television.”

How does Shonda feel about her new deal with Netflix? “The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities,” she exclaims.

For more details about Shonda Rhimes and her current/ upcoming TV projects, follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShondaRhimes/ or Twitter at www.twitter.com/shondarhimes

Ben Platt Announces He’s Leaving Tony Award Winning Show “Dear Evan Hansen”

By Becca Brown

Dear Evan Hansen opened on December 4th 2016 and quickly became one of the most talked about Broadway shows because of the meaningful story and song lyrics written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek.

The show was a favorite heading into the 2017 Tony Awards season and ended up winning SIX out of nine Tony Awards it was nominated for this past summer including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Actor won by Ben Platt. Less than a year after one of Broadway’s newest hit shows started, star of the show Platt has announced his departure date which will be November 19th. Platt plays Evan Hansen, a teen who lives everyday life with anxiety and finds his chance to fit in, or so he thinks, after fellow classmate Connor commits suicide.

“2 readings, 2 workshops, 3 productions and almost 4 years- hard to fathom that’s it’s nearly time to say goodbye to Evan and my DEH family.” said Platt via Twitter this morning. Platt has played Evan Hansen since 2015 when the role was originated in by him in Washington D.C., portrayed the character during an off-Broadway role at Second Stage in New York, and has now played Evan Hansen for a little less than a year on Broadway.

The show is both adored by critics and fans. The Washington Post has called it “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theater history” while ABC Nightline has referred to it as “an emotionally-charged phenomenon that has taken Broadway by storm.”

Fans have already reacted to the news on Twitter by praising his performance:

News about any other original cast members including Mike Faist, Laura Dreyfuss, Rachel Bay Jones, Kristollyn Lloyd, and Michael Park leaving the show hasn’t been announced. The new actor playing Evan Hansen has also not been announced yet.

Youtube Star Leroy Sanchez Talks About His Upcoming Tour

By Ally Nasta

Los Angeles, CA (AfterBuzzTV.com) –  Leroy Sanchez, known as being a YouTube star and musician is about to set out on his 2nd international heading tour. Starting September 6th, he will be in San Louis Obispo to support his debut EP “Elevated” which just released this month on August 4th.

Sanchez stopped by Maria Menounos’s Afterbuzz TV network to interview with host Ally Nasta on “The Concert Experience”; a series that features various musicians.  During the interview he discusses his first nationally televised performance at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards, how he got his start and that he can play guitar but never quite learned how to read music. 

“I remember me just going to the instrument and just touching it and being mesmerized by the fact that the strings were making sounds and altogether it sounded like something.”

Sanchez’ describes his music to be soulful pop, and has six originals on his recently released EP which you can download on Spotify or iTunes. 

Is Love In The Air on “So You Think You Can Dance”?

By Tiege Dooley-Panko

So You Think You Can Dance contestants, judges, and Allstars all had to face the hard truth this week.

Someone was going home.

It wasn’t just anyone that went home either – Robert Green, who’s been a fan favorite since auditions had to say goodbye after being eliminated with partner and Allstar, Jasmine.

Logan and Sydney were the other two contestants in the bottom three.

AfterBuzz talked to Logan after the show and he said the whole thing is starting to feel more serious.

“We did build this bond and we built this family. Last week we didn’t have anyone go home but this week was just a hit to the heart for all of us,” Logan said.

Mark said eliminations don’t scare him but he does get upset to see people go home.

“They don’t scare me because I think whenever I go home, I did my job,” but he also mentioned, “it makes me cry to see people go home because you connected so that’s tough.”

Allstar Cyrus told ABTV that everyone always knows eliminations are coming but no one talks about it.

“We didn’t have to say anything but you can feel it,” Cyrus said. “But it’s also pushing people to dance better, dance smarter, and dance harder.”

Cyrus’s partner, Kaylee, said she’s just trying to stay present and live in the moment while enjoying the process.

Allstar Jenna and Kiki had a lot to prove this week after a routine that left the judges wanting more last week.

And boy, did they bring it! Kiki and Jenna performed a Luther Brown hip-hop routine with a joker theme and a money gun. YES…a money gun. The crowd and the judges went wild and Kiki worked his way back into America’s heart.

Another huge moment of the night was when Lex confirmed to AfterBuzz TV that he is dating fellow contestant, Taylor Sieve! The couple just posted a photo together on Taylor’s Instagram. The caption was, “my love.”

Koine and Marko won’t confirm or deny that they’re dating but it’s clear the fans really want them to!

The pair performed an African dance by Sean Cheesman that left the judges very impressed. At one point, Koine lifts Marko and made it look effortless. Nigel said a piece like that shows dance can “unite the world.”

Be sure to tune into AfterBuzz TV for So You Think You Can Dance after show on Wednesday nights at 7 PCT for the most up to date So You Think You Can Dance info and news!

Dance Moms’ Gianna Martello Gives an Update on Abby Lee Miller

By Dani Golub

Gianna Martello of Dance Moms made an appearance on the 2017 Teen Choice Awards carpet, where she was interviewed by host Dani Golub. Martello revealed some inside scoop on how Abby Lee is handling life behind bars.

“I do keep in contact with her, I have talked to her since everything. She’s good, she’s ok. The competition team is still going under the direction of me.”

The show must go on for the Teen Choice nominated reality show and the dancers seem to be in very good hands with Martello. Though she is excited, there is a lot of pressure to fill the giant shoes of Abby Lee, “I think Dance Moms in general is a lot of pressure on me to perform, but I think I’ve got it from here.”

On working with Maddie Ziegler, Martello reveals her close relationship with the teen sensation, “I actually raised her, I’ve been with her before the show and after the show. It’s just exciting to see how much she’s grown and what she’s doing now. That’s my girl.”

The interview also touched on what it has been like to go from being just a small competition dance team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to international fame.

Make sure to catch all the Afterbuzz TV interviews from the 2017 Teen Choice Awards HERE:

 

Daytime Divas Special Recap Edition Was Full of Laughter, Talks About Food, and Season 2 Predictions

By Chae Jones

Hosts Lynneisha Charles, Chae’ Jones, Amy Cassandra talked with “Daytime Divas” stars Camille Guaty, Fiona Gubelmann, and Vanessa Williams about everything that happened this season, laughter, and their own predictions for what they want for their characters possibilities and of course the food!

The ladies of the aftershow got called by the one and only Vanessa Williams who plays Maxine and Queen Bee of the “Lunch Hour”. When asked what are some of the things she enjoyed the most about filming this season of Daytime Divas, Williams said, “Oh, I think number one was the food. You can see from the time I started and the time I finished I probably gained 10 to 15 pounds. And out craft service guy kept bringing out like hot delicious morsels every single day.” She goes on to talk about working with the ladies and on this show to say, “It’s also great to see everyone’s range of acting which is really impressive. I’m just a fan!”

For God Sakes, why can’t Heather finish her song? Gubelmann said, “The writers really wanted that to happen. It just didn’t end up happening.I actually ended up recording the entire song. We even talked about doing a music video of it.” Her hope is for the possibility of season 2 that she is able to sing her song and make the music video to go with it.

The ladies gave their predictions for their characters and some of the ladies want a more darker turn for their character. Guaty “I really want Nina to go bad. I want her to rouge. I kinda want the Pulitzer to deeper. Like did the guy disappear? Or did she do something to really get it?” She always plays the good girl, the one that tugs at our heartstrings and even though she’s used to it she wants to go darker. “I wanna play character that really people hate. I mean people already hate her.” She continues. “I want her to be more calculating.”

You can WATCH the full recap here:

Parrish, Wallach, and Findlay Cast in Toronto’s Stage Production of Grease

By Becca Brown

Grease is taking a trip from California to Toronto! Starting on November 1st 2017, Toronto Grease fans will be lucky enough to hear famous songs such as “You’re The One That I Want”, “Grease (Is The Word)”, Hopelessly Devoted To You”, and “Summer Nights” live on stage at Elgin Winter Garden Theatre.

Already cast in the production is Pretty Little Liars’ Janel Parrish as Sandy, Dylan S. Wallach, as Danny, and How To Get Away With Murder’s Katie Findlay as Rizzo. The rest of the cast, yet to be announced is promised to be an all-star cast. “I’m beyond excited to return to the stage, Sandy has been a dream role of mine since I was a child, and a role I never thought I would be asked to play.” says Parrish.

Directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Josh Prince, this production of Grease will be the first time in a generation that a home-grown production of the famous musical will come to life. Prince is planning on incorporating the songs audiences know and love from the original movie into this theatre production, but in new arrangements. “If you already love Grease, you’ll fall in love with this production all over again. If you’re experiencing Grease for the first time, you’ll be hooked!” says Prince.

Tickets for the show go on sale on September 5th HERE: https://greaseonstage.com

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Welcome Bodhi Soleli Reed Somerhalder

By Becca Brown

Another Hollywood baby has been born! It was recently announced by Twilight’s Nikki Reed and The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder that their baby Bodhi Soleli [meaning awakening of the sun] Reed Somerhalder was born on July 25th.

The couple kept Bodhi’s birth under wraps for about two and a half weeks which didn’t come as a shock after Reed told Fit Pregnancy “We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves, “After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate.” the couple’s goal was to be fully present in the baby’s life for it’s first couple of weeks which in this day and age can really only be achieved with radio silence.

The birth of Bodhi wasn’t the only time the couple has been secretive, the couple kept the sex of the baby secretive during their pregnancy and even waited to tell family and friends. “We waited months to tell even friends and family that we were expecting. It started out with us not knowing how long we’d keep it private. Then it started to feel like we had this really cool thing, a secret with just each other. The downside was that I had moments of wishing I could do things other pregnant mamas were doing. But the upside was that we started the journey without having to open up about it to anyone else, and that made it special.”

Taylor Swift Countersues KYGO Radio DJ

By Becca Brown

On June 2nd 2013 Taylor Swift had a meet and greet for her Red Tour in Denver, Colorado. The radio station host named David Mueller from KYGO and his girlfriend had his picture taken with Swift. While the photo was being taken Mueller groped Swift by putting his hand under her skirt. “He had a handful of my ass. It happened to me. I know it was him,” said Swift when the case was taken to trial this week.

Swift told her mom and her management that he sexually assaulted her so they went to the radio station and police. Soon after Mueller was fired by KYGO. Swift testified against Mueller because of Mueller suing her for $3 million saying he was fired and can’t get a new job because of being accused of this. “My hand was never under her skirt. I never grabbed her,” said Mueller.

“That photograph is pretty darn incriminating,” added prosecutor Craig Silverman about the actual picture from the meet and greet also saying “It corresponds with Taylor Swift’s version of events — why was David Mueller’s hand down in that area? Why does he have that grin on his face?” The judge ended up finding no evidence that Swift got him fired wrongfully so she was let go by the trial, however Swift will return to court next week after suing Mueller for $1.

Brooke Shields Joins SVU for Season 19

By Becca Brown

Exciting news Law and Order: SVU fans! Brooke Shields has officially joined the cast of season 19 for NBC’s hit drama. Shields who has previously appeared on two other NBC shows including Suddenly Susan and Lipstick Jungle will be joining an already impressive list of guest stars including Sharon Stone, Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Carol Burnett.

So far nothing about the character has been revealed although Shields has teased that her character will mess with Benson’s world. “I play a very different character from any I have ever played, I’m excited to stir the SVU pot a bit.”

Shields isn’t the first new addition to the show as Philip Winchester is also slated to join the show to play a Chicago Justice role, lawyer Peter Stone. Hopping on board behind the scenes for season 19 of SVU will be showrunner Michael S. Chernuchin.

Catch Law and Order: SVU on NBC Wednesday September 27th at 9pm and watch our past after shows BELOW: 

JHype reveals new music and new merch, plus a message to all his fans!

By Suzanne Quast

Eliminated Contestant JHype (age 14) from Las Vegas, NV was a featured guest on the Afterbuzz TV Boy Band Aftershow covering episode 8 with hosts Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast. He described his time on the show to Lovegrove and Quast by saying, “I’m blessed to even have had this experience.” JHype made a prediction that the top 5 of Boy Band will include contestants Michael Conor, Chance Perez, and Marcus Pendleton. 

JHype confirmed that he will be releasing a single with another eliminated contestant from ABC’s Boy Band, Miles Wesley in the near future. JHype stated that he had wanted to do a collaboration with Wesley, and Wesley approached him with a track. JHype also confirmed that merchandise is on the way and connected his personal mantra of “young and blessed” to the possible merchandise launch.

He revealed that “young and blessed” is a phrase he got from his mother, and he also explained that he first used the term “blessings” to a girl at McDonald’s who looked like she was having a rough day and has been using it ever since. JHype also said there are several exciting projects in the works that he is not yet at liberty to discuss. “I’ve got plans for the future, trust me.” He delivered this message to all his fans: “Just know, Boy Band was just the beginning.” 

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Boy Band after-show featuring Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Thursdays at 9pm pacific time.  

 

Michael Conor and Chance Perez tell the truth about their experience with Devin Hayes

By Stephen Lovegrove

On Episode 8 of ABC’s Boy Band, Devin Hayes, 18 year old contestant from Springfield, IL was eliminated. His elimination was covered on the Afterbuzz TV Boy Band aftershow by Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast. 

Backstage after the show, group “3rd Wheel” from ep. 8 weighed in on the elimination and provided insight to Lovegrove and Quast about their true feelings on Hayes. 

Michael Conor stated, “I want to comment and touch on that, because, you know, going into this, Devin wasn’t someone who all of us really clicked with. He was somebody who there was a lot of skepticism in the air about if he was here for the right reasons. I know personally he just didn’t give off a good vibe to me. But this past week we settled everything, and I went out to dinner with him and talked to him about everything, and he brought us all into his room to tell us that he felt like he wasn’t doing enough to be part of the group. You know, Chance was like his best friend, and he didn’t really talk to us that much, but you know, for him doing that, I mean, I just couldn’t help but respect it.” 

Conor went on to say, “I was so glad he did that, because I never want to …. I didn’t want to come into this competition … you know we’re all supposed to be forming a band; we’re supposed to be like touring the world together, so the fact that he did that was just such a relief to me. I respect him so much for that – there’s no ill feelings”

Hayes’ roommate Chance Perez had some insights as well: “I’ve been roommates with him since we got back here for over a month, and not everyone sees the side of Devin that I get to see. Like, he’s been doing stuff in front of the camera for his whole life – he puts on a show when it happens, and he’s like kinda isolated. So not everyone sees how kind and genuine he can be, and when he pulled everyone into his room to say, ‘you know, I don’t feel that close to you guys, and I wanna be,’ you know that takes a big man to get everyone in there and talk about it.” 

Marcus Pendleton reassured fans that he has a “lot of respect for [Devin]” and that “he’s going to be missed.” 

Perez ended the conversation by saying, “He pulled us into his room a little too late for all of us to be close to him, and I think that might have been part of it, but I wish people could have seen it sooner.” 

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s Boy Band after-show featuring Stephen Lovegrove and Suzanne Quast on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Thursdays at 9pm pacific time. 

Dominique Perry Talks Her Villainous Role on HBO’s Insecure

By Mariel Turner

Dominique Perry made an appearance on Black Hollywood Live’s Insecure After Show, where she was interviewed by hosts Mariel Turner and Ashley Allen. Over the course of the hour-long interview, she shared how she copes with hate mail from fans regarding her character, Tasha, her thoughts on the show’s executive producer Issa Rae and how she ditched a first date when she got the news about her role.

“At first it was overwhelming because I’ve never played a character that is so the villain to other women,” said Perry. “But I count it all as joy. I’m just glad to be in the position to even be Tasha. To even have the attention, whether it’s good or bad, I just embrace it.”

In fact, Perry was so excited about the role that she abruptly left a first date when she received the news that she had secured the part.

“I will never forget; I was on a semi-date! It was my first date with him,” said Perry. “He was so sweet. We were at dinner and I left Daniel [her date] at the table, went in that bathroom and got on my knees and just thanked God. I was so excited. That’s basically how I celebrated, I kind of left Daniel at the table. Shoutout to Daniel, I’m sorry!”

Perry also gave a glowing acknowledgement of Insecure executive producer and creator Issa Rae during her interview. Although Rae plays Perry’s rival on the show there is nothing but respect and love between the ladies off set.

“To be able to be with Issa all the time and she’s such my ‘shero’,” Perry said. “I admire her so much; she’s another sister to me. I’m in awe whenever I see it, whenever I watch it, whenever I’m around the people.”

“I wouldn’t have wanted to be on another show starting out my career because it really gave me a platform. I love Issa so much, and HBO, for giving me the wings on this amazing show,” Perry added.

The interview also touched on production specifics about the show, how Perry relates to her character, Tasha, and working with many of the special guests on the show.

Make sure to catch up on Black Hollywood Live’s Insecure after show on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Mondays at 6pm.

Disney Will Stop Supplying Netflix by 2019

By: Briana Phipps

Netflix: Disney is going to stop supplying its movies to the streaming platform and launch its own streaming service by 2019, the entertainment conglomerate announced Tuesday.

The move was revealed in Disney’s quarterly earnings report. Disney is buying a majority stake in BAMTech, a streaming video company founded by Major League Baseball. It will use BAMTech’s technology to launch direct-to-consumer streaming services for ESPN and Disney movies. Disney said it will end its distribution agreement with Netflix for streaming of new movie releases starting with the 2019 theatrical slate.

Disney will launch an ESPN-branded sports video streaming service in early 2018, followed by a Disney-branded one in 2019.

The new Disney service will become the exclusive home in the U.S. for subscription on-demand access to new releases from Disney and Pixar beginning with the 2019 theatrical slate, which is set to include Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, and the live-action Lion King. Disney library items will exit Netflix as their licensing window deals expire.

In addition, Disney said it expects to make a “significant investment” in content exclusive to the service, including original movies, TV shows and short-form content. The subscription service also will feature library content, including Disney and Pixar movies and shows from the Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD.

Better watch Moana as many times as you can in the next few years!

Two Worlds Collide: The “Empire” and “Star” Casts Sing Hit Song “You’re So Beautiful”

By Becca Brown

An Empire and Star crossover has officially happened, but it’s a different kind of crossover than you might be used to. To announce it’s pair up on Wednesday night’s on Fox starting on September 27th, stars of both Lee Daniels shows including Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Trai Byers, Serayah, Queen Latifah, and Benjamin Bratt came together to record a cover for an Empire season one hit song “You’re SoBeautiful”.

“It’s nice for us to have this overlap of Star and Empire,” said Empire star Howard about the collaboration. Star’s Jude Demorest added, “To be able to work with and get to know Jussie and Yazz and Serayah is just really cool, even for viewers to see that kinda collide.” Fans will also be happy to know that the chemistry between Hensen and Latifah on set of the video was one hundred percent real. “It was just pure fun,” Latifah said.

“The two sets of casts obviously live in two different worlds: Atlanta where Star and her girls are at they’re aspiring to get to the level of an Empire. They get in the studio and they are dreaming about performing with Jamal.” said director Chris Robinson about the plot of the video. You can check out the full music video directed by Robinson below:

Hosts Tiege and Carla Attend First SYTYCD Live Show for Season 14

By Tiege Dooley-Panko

Excitement was in the air on the red carpet after the first live show of SYTYCD Season 14. AfterBuzz TV spoke with Allstars, contestants, and judges about how the season is going so far.

Vanessa Hudgens told ABTV host Carla Renata, “I told myself I wasn’t going to cry tonight and I totally cried.” while Nigel Lythgoe said he thought all of the performers gave their best during the first live show, “they are far better than I anticipated.”

After taking two seasons off, Mary Murphy, the driver of the hot tamale train, is back! Murphy said she is very happy about who the Allstars chose to bring to the live show. She told ABTV, “ I feel like everybody did a good job in the chemistry department because that’s not always the case.”

The contestants were bright eyed and laughing together after the performances. Allstars Robert and Taylor performed a stunning piece choreographed by Travis Wall that had everyone talking after the show. Mary Murphy said it was instantly one of her top ten favorite performances ever. Robert told ABTV, “it felt like I blacked out for a second,” he continued, “it was that perfect thing that happens when you look at each other and you know each other and know the story line between each other’s heart and soul.” Taylor said if people consider their performance history, she’s honored.

Mark and Comfort performed an energetic hip-hop piece choreographed by the highly accredited choreographer, Luther Brown. Mark talked to ABTV about how grateful he was to be there and that he knows that’s where he’s supposed to be. “Every day I’m just taking things in like seeing my name tag on my shirt,” Mark said, “that hypes me up, yo.”

Robert Green and Allstar Jasmine performed an upbeat hip-hop by Chris Scott with fake hairspray that left everyone in the crowd grooving! Green said he’s been loving the whole experience and has a few tricks up his sleeve for the coming weeks. “Just be on the look out because I might have some looks in the closet that I might be pulling out of the trunk,” Green said about incorporating his style into the show. 

Allstar Marko and Koine looked like they’d been dancing together for years in a piece choreographed by Stacey Tookey. Marko and Koine both told ABTV that they have a really good connection. Marko said, “ I always follow my gut and since academy week, the opening routine, saw her, felt it, followed my gut.” Allstar Allison hurt her shoulder during rehearsal with Logan so former SYTYCD contestant, Audrey Case, stepped up and performed Tyce Diorio’s contemporary piece with Logan.

Audrey only had a few hours to learn the routine but no one in the crowd could tell, the judges reacted positively to it and Logan said he is just so happy to be in the competition. Logan told ABTV, “ I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and even through this whole accident with the shoulder injury and when Audrey had to come in and learn the dance, she (Allison) was super supportive.” Audrey said that being able to watch from the other side, made her appreciate SYTYCD even more and her partner, Logan.

Allstar Cyrus and Kaylee performed a contemporary piece by Tessandra Chavez and the judges suggested they might have some work to do going forward if they want to win. Cyrus and Kaylee told ABTV that motivated them. Kaylee said she came to SYTYCD to challenge herself and that’s why she chose Cyrus.

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s So You Think You Can Dance after show on YouTube.com and tune in live every week Wednesday’s at 7pm.

Billy Ray Cyrus Joins “The Voice” as an Advisor

THE VOICE — “Battle Reality” — Pictured: (l-r) Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

By Becca Brown

The Voice season 13 premieres on NBC on September 25th at 8pm pt and today judge Miley Cyrus took to social media to announce that for season 13 of the show her dad will be joining her team as an advisor saying “DAD ALWAYS HAS THE BEST ADVICE! Which of course makes him the perfect advisor!!!!!! @billyraycyrus #TeamMiley!”

DAD ALWAYS HAS THE BEST ADVICE! Which of course makes him the perfect advisor!!!!!! @billyraycyrus #TeamMiley!

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Along with Cyrus, the judges for season 13 will also include Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and newcomer to The Voice, Jennifer Hudson. Previously announced team advisors will be Joe Jonas for Team Levine, Rascal Flatts for Team Shelton, and Kelly Rowland for Team Hudson [fun fact, Kelly Rowland is currently a coach for The Voice Australia, while Hudson was the winning coach for The Voice UK last season].

On season 12 of The Voice advisors included Luke Bryan, Céline Dion, DJ Khaled, John Legend and Shania Twain.

Do you plan on tuning in for this season of “The Voice”? Let us know in the comments below.

Alfre Woodard and John Kani join Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King”

By Becca Brown

Alfre Woodard, who has most recently starred in Sundance’s “Burning Sands” and Netflix’s “Luke Cage” along with her “Captain America” costar John Kani are the latest announced to join Jon Favreau’s “The Lion King”. Woodard will be voicing Simba’s mom, Sarabi, who was voiced by Madge Sinclair in the original and Kani will be voicing Rafiki who was voiced by Robert Guillaume in the original.

Woodard and Kani will be joining the already all star cast which includes Donald Glover voicing Simba, John Oliver as Zazu, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumba, and James Earl Jones as Mufasa. Also recently announced, Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks to play the villainous character of Scar.

Like Favreau’s last CGI movie “The Jungle Book”, “The Lion King” is currently filming in Los Angeles and has a projected release date of 2019.

Who is your favorite in the cast so far? What are YOU most looking forward to as far as the live action version of “The Lion King” goes? Let us know in the comments.

Chris Pratt and Anna Faris Break Hearts With Divorce Announcement

By Becca Brown

After eight years of being married, tonight Chris Pratt best known for Guardians of The Galaxy and Anna Farris star of CBS’ comedy Mom both took to social media to announce they’re legally separating.

“Anna and I are sad to announce we are legally separating. We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward,” said Pratt on his verified Facebook page.

Farris also reposted the above via Twitter.

Pratt and Farris got married in 2009 and have a four year old son together. Many fans took to Twitter today to express their feelings about the news of one of Hollywood’s “IT” couples calling it quits saying “love is dead”.

What are your overall thoughts on the split announcement? Were you as upset as people on social media? Comment below and let us know.

Will Tudor Gives Shadowhunters Fans An Inside Look Into Playing One Of The Most Evil Characters On TV!

By Sam Davidson

The newest member of the Shadowhunter family, Will Tudor, spoke with Afterbuzz TV hosts Sam Davidson and Becca Brown via Skype.   The London based actor plays the role of Sebastian aka Jonathan, Clary’s long lost brother.  His character was introduced to us as a conflicted villain, that might have some good left in him.  However after last week’s episode, the audience and characters are absolutely certain that any good Sebastian had in him has been gone for a very long time.  With that being said, the way Tudor plays the role still brings a sense of humanity to such an evil character.  Tudor spoke about his character’s flaws, but also his relateability, which has a great deal to do with the writing on the show.  “He is somebody who is very flawed, and he does these things where we go ‘oh no, no no,’ but then it is so cleverly written because you see where he is coming from, but at the same time you think ‘I am absolutely horrified by that.’  It’s very smart, and I feel really lucky to have worked with those scripts.”

As Shadowhutners is based on the Cassandra Clare book series, all of these characters came with a ton of expectations from the fans, which in turn puts a lot of pressure on the actors.  When asked how these expectations effected his preparation for the role, Tudor said, “I knew of the character before even auditioning for this.  It was daunting, but the vision that was set out by the writers is so clear and brilliant and I always felt the way for me to find the best way to do it and serve the fans and source material best, is to kind of do what comes instinctually.  And I hope that translated!” 

Fans definitely agree that not only did Tudor’s exceptional portrayal of Sebastian/Jonathan translate, but they couldn’t have imagined a better actor for the role.  Don’t forget to catch the Shadowhunters aftershow on Tuesdays at 6pm PST! on Afterbuzz TV. Watch our full interview with Tudor HERE: 

Tyra Banks, Mandy Moore, and Marlon Wayans Tease Their Shows at NBC’s Press Day

By Ivanna Williams

LOS ANGELES- Black Hollywood Live attended the NBC Press Tour red carpet on Thursday, August 3rd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The NBC Press Tour gave us behind-the-scenes access to NBC’s upcoming shows.

BHL host, Ivanna Williams, spoke with Tyra Banks-yes, THAT Tyra Banks- about her experience hosting “America’s Got Talent”. She says, “I know I’m there to host, but because I produce shows and create other stuff, I can’t help it! I’m like, ‘You need to go out, you need to look at Simon first’! I’m whispering all this stuff in their ears and then I’m like ‘What am I doing?!’”

Banks says she doesn’t know if she has any hidden talents and Williams asked Banks about her singing. Banks took the opportunity to teach a song from Cycle Two of “America’s Next Top Model” with the lyrics ‘Shake your body body, Move your body body’ and they. had. a. BLAST! “America’s Got Talent” airs on Tuesdays, at 8pm.

Williams also spoke with Mandy Moore, who plays wife and mother, Rebecca Pearson, on “This Is Us”. Moore says the reception of season one exceeded all her expectations, “None of us would’ve predicted or begun to expect the embrace that people have shown the show pretty much from the beginning.” Moore says they have so much in store for super fans with the upcoming season, “Buckle up! It’s intense! I’m telling you, just the first episode and the second episode. It’s beautiful! Like, I don’t know how they do it, the writers!” “This Is Us” returns Tuesday, September 26, 2017. Get ready for your weekly cry session!

Marlon Wayans’ sitcom, “Marlon”, is set to hit the small screen Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Wayans and Essence Atkins say viewers should expect the unexpected. Marlon: “I don’t know what I’m going to do from scene to scene or show to show. I know all the shows have a lot of heart, but they’re really funny and it finds its balance. I guarantee you, every episode you’re going to go ‘I can’t believe when they said this or they did that’.

Watch our NBC Press Day Interviews HERE: 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsewtEOygG8vAK8bEEoBUaMz_5xf9QyrC

 

Greenblatt Maintains Tenure at ABC

By: Jeff Graham

Well, confidence certainly doesn’t kill the cat! According to Bob Greenblatt, “I’m going to be around for a long time.”

Who is Bob Greenblatt? Greenblatt is the current chairmen of NBC Entertainment, and it looks like he’s going to be in that position for a very long time. Since taking over, Greenblatt has reversed the previous misfortune of the network, which was consistently ranking last in network rankings in the 18-49 demo. Under Greenblatt, particularly his decision to green-light hits like “The Voice,” and most recently, “This Is Us,” prove his penchant for savvy producing instincts. Since assuming the role of chairmen, the network is now finishing first in the exact same demo slot. Sounds like NBC has the right idea!

Of the big four networks, Greenblatt is currently the longest serving (though he’s only been in the position since 2011, about six years.) Perhaps that speaks to a larger issue of entertainment executives serving short terms, not being given the proper runway to accomplish tasks and goals.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

SEAN WALTMAN TELLS WHO HIS MONEY IS ON IN THE BROCK LESNAR AND JON JONES FIGHT

By: TK Trinidad

Six-time Knockouts Champion and TNA Hall of Famer, Gail Kim sat down with Sean Waltman on AfterbuzzTV’s X-Pac 12360 this week to talk about what is next after retirement!

Stream it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Tcb-Zn4e9ao or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below:

At the top, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman gave his thoughts on a possible jon Jones/Brock Lesnar fight. “Honestly, Brock doesn’t lose no matter what, even if he loses the fight, he doesn’t lose because that’s Jon Jones he would have lost to. Best fighter maybe ever,” offered Waltman.

Next, Gail Kim talked about knocking out about knocking out Jacqueline Moore’s two front teeth during a street fight on TNA. She offered, “We had a street fight one time and Jim Cornette was our agent and so Jim is like ‘Have you ever done a pinata spot? You know with the garbage can over the head …’ I said ‘no’, he kinda explained it, but he didn’t tell me which way to way to frame…and all that. I swung away and I knocked out her two front teeth!”

Gail also mentioned the tweets she sent to Stephanie McMahon: “I’ve always given credit to Hunter for the WWE women’s revolution because he is the one who did start it at NXT. With him doing it down there, I don’t think it would have happened on the main roster. So, kudos to him on believing in the woman and when I left that company he was very kind, and told me you’re talented and I hope we can do more with women’s wrestling.”

As always, Gail wasn’t afraid to share her opinions, specifically in regards to Mae Young Classic. “I’m excited to watch it, because there are a lot of girls in that tournament, that I like, and feel are talented – I think it’s a great opportunity to be seen, just beyond the independent scene and hopefully, some of them get contracts.”

Check out some of the other notable moments from the interview below:

Gail on how she felt held down in the WWE: “I felt held down in WWE. It was just the wrong timing in that company. When I first came into the company the woman’s division was strong with Trish & Jazz with all those girls. When the first diva’s search happen it kinda went away, that’s when I got fired actually, and mind you, it brought me my best friend Christy Hemme. It always felt like it was just never a right fit for me.”

Gail on the difference in match layout from the WWE compared to TNA: “WWE (Matches) it’s a little bit more controlled in ways. For example, you know we always had Fit (Finlay) as our agent well, most of the time. And so he would tell us to do certain things. Not the whole match. You know because we kind of work together but if there is something he really wanted us to do then we would do it. Whereas in Impact (Formally TNA Now GFW) it was kind of different where we have more independence I would say.”

Gail on her the Netflix series “GLOW” and trying to out train the other actresses: “I watched the whole season in two days. I love it. I love it and she (Welfare Queen) was a rock star so I’m proud of her. It’s funny because I found out about the show happening and maybe a few months before it all started I tried to get the job to train the actresses. I wasn’t trying to get an on screen roll and I found out Chavo Guerrero got it. Chavo is one of my good friends… And I’m happy for him.”

On the TNA hall of fame changing its letters: “I’m pretty sure they’re (GFW) dropping the TNA. Not sure how that’s going to go actually I don’t know. We’re going to have to wait and see I guess right? The person I feel is most deserving probably because I’ve worked with him for so long, I don’t know how the fans feel, but I think they would agree is Abyss. Abyss has been there (GFW) a long time he’s such a great talent and he produces behind the scenes. I have nothing against all the other producers but I think he is the best producer. I mean he’s so good and what he contributes to the company because I know he deserves it.”

On her post retirement plans: “Well I started producing for the company (GFW) and so I just started that at the last TV. I’m kind of doing double duty right now and so I’m really looking forward to doing that.”

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Political Culture moves to AfterBuzz TV starting Tuesday, September 5th!

By Becca Brown

Starting September 5th, Political Culture has a new home. AfterBuzzTV’s Chief Political Analysts and Co-Hosts of Political Culture, Drexel Heard and Chelsea Galicia will bring the new season of the weekly political show for millennials to AfterbuzzTV joining The Trump Report.

Political Culture launched it’s first episode on Black Hollywood Live last year, after transitioning from Black Tea Party and has grown over the months with panel discussions, special guests, and news from the 2016 election and headlines from Washington and around the country.

“The move from Black Hollywood Live to AfterBuzz TV was something we talked about for a few months after the 2016 election, and the timing made sense as the networks continue to restructure and grow,” said producer and host Drexel Heard.

The upcoming season will feature more prominent guests, in-depth policy discussions, 2018 races across the country, and more. Drexel and Chelsea will also produce a series of new news-focused shows on AfterBuzzTV, starting with the addition of AfterBuzzTV’s Brooke Taylor Solis to the team hosting the new headline news roundup The Buzz on September 8th.

AfterBuzzTV is owned by Maria Menounos and Kevin Undagaro, and Executive Produced by Phil Svitek. All shows stream live on www.afterbuzztv.com, YouTube, and can be heard on iTunes podcast.

Meghann Fahy Talks ‘The Bold Type’ on AfterBuzz TV

By Becca Brown

Are you looking for a show that contains fashion, great music, and strong female characters? If so, tune in to Freeform on Tuesdays at 9/8c for “The Bold Type.” This past Friday, hosts Ally Nasta, Karla Beltran, Becca Brown, and Taylor Gates talked about all three and more with star Meghann Fahy, aka Sutton Brady herself!

When asked about the fashion on the show, Fahy praised costume designer Frank Fleming. “He’s a genius,” she said bluntly. As we’ve seen on the show, the characters outfits serve as a form of self-expression. Fahy told us that for Fleming getting their personalities across through the way they dress is something he strives for. “What’s most important for him is that we feel comfortable and confident and good in what we’re wearing.”

Fahy, who starred in the Broadway musical “Next To Normal” and has a singing background, told a fan she was totally down for a musical episode. “We’ve talked about it a lot. I’m hoping that we talk about it so much that they’re like, ‘now we have to do it.’” Fahy even told us that Aisha Dee (Kat) plays the drums and ukulele, while Katie Stevens (Jane) sings and writes songs as well as previously appearing in Kathryn Merteuil’s “Cruel Intentions” musical in Los Angeles.

If you’ve watched episodes one through four of “The Bold Type,” you know that the show is very female-driven in the way it depicts three bold young women chasing their dreams and balancing day-to-day life in the workplace. Unlike many popular young adult dramas, the show doesn’t portray cattiness or competition among the girls, but instead focuses on them supporting one another. Fahy confirmed that, not only are these positive relationships a breath of fresh air, but the friendship displayed on screen between them is 100% real off-screen too. “It really is an authentic connection that we have. I don’t think you can fake that kind of chemistry. We’ve only known each other for a little over a year at this point, but it feels like it’s forever.” said Fahy.

Make sure to catch “The Bold Type” after show every Tuesday at 10pm PT on AfterBuzz TV’s YouTube and iTunes channels. You can check out our full conversation with Meghann Fahy below.

 

‘Wicked’ Star Peter Chursin Shares Behind-the-Scenes Stories and Secrets

By: Taylor Gates

“Broadway Breakdown” hosts Briana Phipps, Jacque Borowski, and Taylor Gates had the honor of spending one short day with Peter Chursin! Chursin—who played winged monkey Chistery in the first national tour of “Wicked” alongside Stephanie J. Block and Adam Lambert—shared on-stage mishaps, his favorite dances from the show, and the pros and cons of those breathtaking sets and costumes.

“The costumes done by Susan Hilferty are amazing, but they are incredibly heavy and they are incredibly asymmetrical,” he shared. Monkey masks, large sticks, 50-pound dresses, and giant hats are just a few of the props the actors had to work with. “It absolutely informs your movements. It definitely affects your ability to move.”

Chistery’s costume specifically includes a large backpack/jacket combo from which wings pop out. The wings are triggered by a string hidden in the jacket, and trying to nonchalantly pull it is an art in and of itself. “You have to make sure that you’re not making it obvious,” Chursin said.

Chursin also recalled a time the tip of his wing got caught in a grate on the front of the stage. “I was stuck and I couldn’t move…my cue to climb back up the Oz head has come and gone, and [there’s] a little bit of panic starting to happen.” Luckily, the show did in fact go on with a little help from the actress playing Galinda at the time.

Another blooper occurred when Elphaba didn’t get lifted into the air during her big moment in “Defying Gravity.” “All of us townspeople had to come out and kind of crawl…onto the floor and get as low as we possibly could to give the appearance that she was flying in that moment.”

Unsurprisingly, the role of Chistery is a very acrobatic and demanding one as the actor has to climb and jump to different set pieces. The time the role was the most physically intense, however, is an unexpected one. Chursin revealed that the hardest choreography is not during dance-heavy “Dancing Through Life” (which Chursin calls one of his favorite numbers) or even “One Short Day” when all the dancers are wearing giant green heads—no, the most difficult portion is during the slow “For Good.”

“Chistery actually sits there for the entire song,” Chursin said. “For me I was sitting on a really small piece of metal railing having to kind of crouch down as a monkey. You’re in your monkey unitard, you have the big jacket, you’ve got the wings, you’ve got this whole head-covered mask on…there were a few times when I would just be sweating, [I would be] so tired, and my joints would be aching from being in that position for so long. I had a few thoughts, thinking ‘what would happen if I just ripped off the mask and said, I can’t do this right now!’?” Chursin laughs. “Luckily the girls playing it were also so talented, so that was great to get to focus on.”

You can watch Peter’s entire interview below:

Transgender Veteran Shane Ortega: The Pentagon Was Blindsided by Trump’s Ban

Jeffrey Masters interviews Shane Ortega on LGBTQ&A

By: Jeffrey Masters

In an interview on LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters, Shane Ortega (the first transgender person to serve openly in the military) discusses Donald Trump’s announcement banning transgender people from serving in the military. He talks about how the Pentagon was blindsided, why people are already afraid to come out in the military, and explains why trans people are not a burden.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters is an interview series that documents the stories of the LGBTQ community. Previous guests include Asia Kate Dillon, Ross Mathews, Trixie Mattel, Laura Jane Grace, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Nico Tortorella, Peter Paige, Cleve Jones, and Shane Ortega.

Shane Ortega says the Pentagon was blindsided by President Trump’s announcement: 

“Donald Trump had actually not even referred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff when making this decision. He claims that he talked to officials and generals about it and actually the entire Pentagon was blindsided.”

Shane talks about the reaction from active service people: 

“The fear is that they’ll get a bad conduct discharge which means that they wouldn’t be able to get any sort of employment and that they wouldn’t have any access to any veteran’s benefits. A lot of people would be crushed.”

Shane says people are already afraid to come out so the estimated number of transgender people serving is most likely higher: 

“The Trump climate has bred a more intense and traumatic atmosphere for people serving. There are not as many people coming out, so I believe that number is quite higher.”

Shane says this is a distraction and being used to pit Americans against each other: 

“He’s using this as a distraction from his impending impeachment. He’s also using this as a tactic to pit the American people against each other. He’s starting with these marginalized groups and radicalizing small towns folk that voted for him and he’s trying to basically enforce a tyrannical reign that’s unconstitutional. That’s really what’s going on here.”

Shane disputes that transgender people are a burden:

“Transgender people are not a burden. I would say that, if anything, most military folk who are transgender are somewhat OCD and a bit of over-achievers. If anything they’re bringing their units up by being those work horses. But to say that transgender people in the civilian population are a burden, they are not a burden. They just don’t necessarily have the accessibility due to the ignorance of our society and that’s what saddens me the most.

I’m just afraid for the service members and their families. I’m afraid for the American public. Once we can attack such a professional institution like the military, that means that no one is ever going to live up to the standards of whatever it is in Donald Trump’s eyes you need to be considered human and worthy of the ability to thrive or get access to education or healthcare. No one will meet that measure and that’s scary.”

Shane talks about how diverse the military is: 

“The United States Military is the most diverse employment institution in the entire country. That means we have people with multitudes of ethnic backgrounds, we have people with multitudes of income levels and education levels, male and female, and obviously transgender people. And then we have the largest employment of LGBT people across any company or organization.”

The full interview with Shane Ortega is available on iTunes: http://apple.co/2u2NNh9

McGregor Wears ‘F*** You’ Suit During Press Conference for Mayweather Match

By: Marina Varano

The trash talk has begun…

Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are going head-to-head as they continue to promote their highly-anticipated fight this August. 

Both notorious for their flagrant words, wrestling fans came prepared for blood at their recent press conference. McGregor, however, took a unique and unexpected approach. Instead of verbally bashing Mayweather, he wore a suit embroidered with the words “F*CK YOU.”  He clearly wanted the audience (and Floyd) to know how confident he is feeling about this fight.

Mayweather also managed to kept his mouth shut, rocking his TMT: The Money Team sweatshirt and sporting a mean mug.

It’s only July and things are already getting heated. We can’t wait to watch these rivals duke it out in the ring, but let’s hope the two can play nice until the big headlining night in Vegas. 

Be sure to watch AfterBuzz TV’s WWE Raw and NXT after shows for all the latest wrestling news and discussion!

Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Child Stardom and Being a Female in Hollywood

By: Marina Varano

At one point, Miley Cyrus was TV’s most desired southern belle. Now the 24-year-old Malibu singer has opened up about the process of finding herself and the effect child stardom had on her growing up.

Notoriously known for dancing on Robin Thicke while wearing close to nothing and sticking her tongue out, the star shared that those controversial actions were a phase, saying she has since changed.  She blames being a child star and constantly being told how to dress for making her the sexualized young woman she was portraying at the time.

“I didn’t realize how much pressure I was under and how that shaped me until, like, this year,” Cyrus stated.

Cyrus agrees with Beyonce in her belief that girls run the world. “That was an important thing to say because I think subconsciously we are beaten down to believe that it isn’t true our whole lives,” said Cyrus. “It’s no wonder that a lot of people lose their way and lose who they really are because they always have people telling them who to be.”

Diarra Kilpatrick Chats with AfterBuzzTV about American Koko

By: Carla Renata

American Koko Creator – Diarra Kilpatrick popped by AfterBuzz TV’s “Spotlight On”, where she was interviewed by host Carla Renata Over the course of the hour-long interview, Kilpatrick provided insight about her humble Detroit beginnings, Japanese virgins, Trump and the creation of her digital shows American Koko for ABC Digital and The Climb for Amazon Video, as well as, the importance of leading ladies having diversified looks on television.

“People refer to American Koko as a snack series you can binge watch in two hours.  We get in there and try to solve America’s race problems, which is no easy task” Creating race detective Akosua Millard and Amazon’s “The Climb”, which centers around a young internet celebrity, Diarra Kilpatrick is well on her way to becoming the internet’s version of Shonda Rhimes.

Already featuring established Hollywood talents Wilson Bethel (“Hart of Dixie”) and Cleo King (“Mike and Molly”), Diarra’s dream Guest Cast would be Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”), Christopher Walken and of course…American Koko Executive Producer – Viola Davis.   Why?  You’ll have to stream American Koko to find out.

The cliffhanger for Season Two?   “I think the thing that will be on Koko’s mind is forgiveness.  Is forgiveness possible? Not only with interpersonal relationships, but racially?  At some point, how and can you forgive some of the things that have happened in this century.”

What’s next for this bright, beautifully talented creator?  “I want to make stuff that couldn’t happen in any other time.”  “I’m also interested in addressing the issue of how we discard our elderly. How do we reframe where the elderly fit within our society? 

The interview also touches on the images of African American actresses, comparisons to fellow internet breakthrough star Issa Rae and flipping the script on being the only ethnic friend with your squad.

Make sure to catch up on AfterBuzz TV’s  shows available on YouTube.com, live stream American Koko on ABC Digital and be on the lookout for The Climb coming to Amazon this fall.

Sigourney Weaver Praises Fellow Female Action Stars at Comic-Con

By: Taylor Gates

Sigourney Weaver has made a career of playing strong women. From Ripley in the “Alien” franchise to Dana Garrett in “Ghostbusters” to Dr. Grace Augustine in “Avatar,” Weaver knows how to kick ass.

She also knows that way more good comes from girls supporting one another than from tearing each other down or competing.

The 67-year-old actress recently spoke to BuzzFeed about the buzz surrounding another powerful female: Wonder Woman.

Though Weaver hasn’t had a chance to see the movie yet since she’s been hard at work shooting Marvel’s “The Defenders,” she had nothing but good things to say about its success.

“I’m so glad it has taken the world by storm. It’s…about time, you know?”

Weaver also sung the praises of star Gal Gadot. “Good on all the people who made that happen, including this very gifted actress.”

Weaver shouted out two more of her fellow fierce females in an interview with Variety. “[There are] so many great actresses [like] Scarlett Johansson [and] Charlize Theron who have also made such a valuable contribution in this space.”

“It’s finally happening,” she said of female superheroes currently dominating the industry. “They’re being written well and played like women…now it just has to happen in real life.”

‘Supergirl’ Cast Faces Backlash Over ‘Homophobic’ Comments—‘It’s Downright Disrespectful’

By: Taylor Gates

An interview with the “Supergirl” cast was met with a less-than-super response after many social media users accused them of making homophobic comments.

During a musical recap of season 2 with MTV, actor Jeremy Jordan—who plays Winn Schott on the show—dissed fans rooting for a romantic Kara/Lena relationship. “Kara met a new girl; her name was Lena. She was the best friend a girl could ever have, but they were only friends! They’re only friends! They’re not gonna get together—they’re only friends!”

“I feel like I’m gonna get destroyed for what I just did…I just debunked SuperCorp,” he continued later in the interview. “That’s pretty brave,” Melissa Benoist responded.

Fans were not happy with their behavior, feeling like it mocked and disrespected the show’s large LGBTQA+ fanbase. “This was pretty gross. The cast wouldn’t have mocked Supercorp if Lena was a man,” said Twitter user @CalzonaKerBear. “If Lena was a man, this is the pairing they’d be running with because of the amazing chemistry,” @YankeeJosh agreed.

“This is incredibly rude to your LGBT fans,” added @Sydney562a. “It’s downright disrespectful and you’ve lost a loyal fan. #superfail.”

Jordan took to Instagram to make a statement defending his actions. “Now I apologize to anyone who took this the wrong way, but the fact that hundreds of ppl are calling my comment homophobic or putting down the lgtbq community, you are so off the mark. My track record for years has PROVEN my love and utter devotion to the lgtbq community.”

“We love ALL of our fans and encourage you to enjoy the characters and relationships in WHATEVER way u choose. My interpretation of our story is one of many, and you know what? It’s just as valid…Guys, this world is too small and life too short to try and find hidden meanings in silly jokes.”

“I know now that I made some of you feel pretty shitty, and I’m really sorry for that,” Jordan continued. “I think you can guess you’ve succeeded in making me feel the same. The difference, however, is mine was unintentional. So enough with the hate. Let us live our lives with love (and humor).”

Many people were unsatisfied with Jordan’s words, accusing him of making excuses, not accepting responsibility for his actions, and playing the victim. Later Jordan released another, more apologetic statement on Instagram.

“All your comments are breaking my heart. I’m gonna try to be better,” Jordan said. “I’m gonna make mistakes. I want to tell every one of you I’m sorry I hurt you. I would go back in time and redo my recap if I could. I would. I realize the issue of homophobia is better than any note I could ever write and many of you will never be satisfied.”

SEAN WALTMAN SKYDIVIES WITH SHANE MCMAHON

By: TK Trinidad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE- Los Angeles

X-PAC 12360

Pro Wrestler and Actor,  Kevin Kiley (Alex Riley) is the special guest on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 on AfterbuzzTV this week and talks about his role on the Netflix Series “Glow”

Stream it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LC7UEIzSaYw or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below.

Kevin Kiley Jr.  Mentions a Oh Crap Moment during his time with WWE: I’m in my suit going over the script and a producer told me “You need to change your suit, we need to get this pre-taped done now”…and I’m was like “Are you kidding me, the show goes on in 10mins.” He goes “No, we have to get this done now.” So, then I go through a double panic & you just do what you’re told. I need to at least be able to switch gears in my mind to what’s on the script. As to oppose what’s happening in this pre-taped. The guy goes “You’ll be fine, we have to get this done.” We go live and they literally end it, the pre-tape was done and I sprint to the gorilla position, grabbed a mic and walked out and it worked out okay.

Kevin Kiley Jr. Talks About His Relationship With Vince McMahon and Triple H During His Time in WWE :Vince Mcmahon, Triple H…they were straight. They were straight shooters and I always loved when somebody would say ‘we’re just not gonna do it right now and sorry’ rather than b*llsh***ing me and they never did. I heard and I kinda got the feeling that Vince was always a pretty big supporter of mine, so hey what a compliment to have. And I hope I am making them very proud right now. was done and I sprint to the gorilla position, grabbed a mic and walked out and it worked out okay.

Kevin Kiley Jr.  Mentions if he would have stayed with WWE:, I don’t know. Because I would’ve been torn. I really really love that job, but WWE is very in this way…they own you. They would’ve owned me, I don’t think I would have been allowed opportunities to do anything else.

Sean “X-Pac” Waltman Talks about the time he went Sky-Diving with Shane McMahon & his helicopter accident:I went sky diving with Shane and Madusa (Alundra Blaze) I think I was 22. Shane and I are close to the same age. I was scared to death, and Shane was the first one out the door of the plane. He did a moonsault backwards. I watch the interview ( Helicopter accident) with the Pilot and Shane, he was unnerved and it doesn’t surprise me at all, not once did I think, “I hope he’s alright” I knew he was alright.

 

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Camille Guaty Talks ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ Audition Tales, Playing the Bad Girl, and Working With Creator Star Jones

By Chae’ Jones

When in doubt, you gotta kick it up! Hosts Lynneisha Charles, Chae’ Jones, and Amy Cassandra talked with “Daytime Divas” star Camille Guaty, who plays Nina, about playing a more manipulative character than she is used to playing, how she got her role on “Gotta Kick It Up,” and doing a scene with the creator Star Jones.

Playing interesting and complex characters is what lots of actors love. For this star, playing the role of Nina Scandoval is a nice change of pace. “I always play the good girl, the girl next door, the one that pulls on your heartstring and makes you cry….I just think it’s fun to play the other side of something. I’ve never got to play that.” Guaty said. We all know that bad girls get to have the most fun.

For all you Disney lovers out there, you might also recognize Guaty as Daisy from the Disney Original Movie “Gotta Kick It Up.” After watching a clip, Guaty was filled with emotion as it brought back amazing memories as it was the first thing Guaty auditioned for. “When I was auditioning, I was so nervous because I wasn’t a dancer, but the choreographer said that the reason why we chose you, you would go off and rehearse and practice, practice, practice. I was just like Daisy but I was also really scared, like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’”

For those who don’t know, creator Star Jones also makes a cameo in an upcoming episode of “Daytime Divas.” When asked what was it like doing a scene with her, Guaty had nothing but good things to say. “She came on and just ruled that scene. It was so impressive. Every time I was like, ‘what?!’ She’s a lawyer and she just knows that it’s about winning in a scene in acting. If you’re in an argument, it’s about winning the argument. And she won.”

There is a lot more to Nina that we have yet to really delve into, but Guaty teased us about what’s to come during our interview.

You can watch the our FULL interview with Camille Guaty here:

R. Kelly Allegedly Holding Girls Against their Will in a ‘Cult’

By: Ali Marashi

Several parents have spoken out against singer R. Kelly, claiming that the singer is holding their daughters against their will in a “cult”-like atmosphere. One group of Georgia-native parents in particular are alleging that their daughter has scarcely contacted them for months due to living under Kelly’s control.

The parents say that, after meeting Kelly at a concert, their daughter started working with him while she attended college. However, a short time later, she dropped out of school to focus solely on music.

The 21 year-old girl’s father offered a statement to Buzzfeed. “Around the same time she decided to stop going to school, [she] began forwarding her calls to voicemail and would only text occasionally.” At one point, Kelly got on the phone himself to tell them that their daughter was all right, adamantly denying anything was wrong.

The parents claim that R. Kelly has been monitoring their daughter’s phone calls and overall image since last December. “It was as if she was brainwashed,” the girl’s father said of the last time he saw her. “[She] looked like a prisoner—it was horrible.”

“I hugged her and hugged her,” he continued, “but she just kept saying she’s in love and [R. Kelly] is the one who cares for her. I don’t know what to do. I hope that if I get her back, I can get her treatment for victims of cults. They can reprogram her. But I wish I could have stopped it from happening.”

Three former members of Kelly’s inner circle—Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee—came forward with details that support their claims. They say that six young women live in Kelly-owned properties in the suburbs of Chicago and Atlanta. The girls are under his complete control, as he dictates their food, clothing, sleeping arrangement, bathroom and bathing schedule. He’s also in charge of their sexual encounters, which he records.

Law enforcements have not yet found evidence of the alleged abuse nor anything else to move forward with an investigation. Despite the concern of her parents and loved ones, the girl claims she’s happy and safe.

‘Kermit’ Controversy—the Battle Between Disney and Fired Voice Actor Steve Whitmire

By: Ali Marashi

Controversy has recently come to light surrounding the man behind Kermit the Frog. The Muppets Studio, who are responsible for the Muppets in The Walt Disney Company, offered that the voice actor Steve Whitmire was fired back in October due to “repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years.”

“We take our responsibility to protect the integrity of that character very seriously,” a spokesperson for the company said, claiming that Whitmire “consistently failed to address” their feedback. “The decision to part ways was a difficult one,” he continued, assuring that it was a choice “made in consultation with the Henson family.”

Kermit the Frog, of course, is an extremely recognizable character with an iconic voice. Until last fall, there have only been two voice actors to play the role. Whitmire played the role for 27 years.

“I see my most important task as providing a taste of the atmosphere created by Jim Henson to those Post-Jim core performers who will never otherwise come by it,” Whitmire said via a personal blog. “My hope was to install it directly into their hearts and minds so that they could, in turn, be inspired to do the same for the next generation of performers instead of the characters becoming stale copies of their former selves. But, as I look around at what is presently transpiring, it’s clear to me that the job is far from done.”

Whitmire continued, “for me the Muppets are not just a job, or a career, or even a passion. They are a calling, an urgent, undeniable, impossible to resist way of life. This is my life’s work since I was 19 years old. I feel that I am at the top of my game, and I want all of you who love the Muppets to know that I would never consider abandoning Kermit or any of the others,” he said emotionally. “To do so would be to forsake the assignment entrusted to me by Jim Henson, my friend and mentor, but even more, my hero.

‘Real Housewives of New York City’ Stars Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer are Feuding

By: Ali Marashi

The ring has reopened again for Bethenny Frankel and Ramona Singer.

The beef between the two reality stars began over the girls’ group trip to Mexico for tequila tasting and sunbathing. This trip has been in the works since last season, and the drama starting up again between Ramona and Bethenny over the trip has stopped it in its tracks.

The blow up occurred during last week’s episode. Singer turned to Frankel and said, “you know what? Don’t attack my business because I support my family, okay? You were only married two [years]. Talk to me when you’ve been married for 30 years.”

She continued, “don’t even….try to compare your life to mine. Don’t. Don’t. Just don’t, Bethenny. Have more respect for me. Have more respect and more sympathy. It’s not always about you.”

Frankel responded to the outburst swiftly and savagely by revoking her invitation. “I take it back. I don’t want you to come on the trip.”

The possibility that the two will never be on good terms for the trip seems likely. The other housewives have not made many comments on the two and their rocky relationship.

Miley Cyrus Takes Ownership of Her Life

By: Marina Varano

Miley Cyrus, at one point, TV’s most desired southern belle, has come forward to explain how she is figuring herself out, and the process that comes with it.

Notoriously known for dancing on Robin Thicke wearing close to nothing, sticking her tongue out, the star states that it was a phase and has since changed.  She blames being a childhood star, and constantly being told how to dress, that made her the sexualized young woman she was portraying at the time.

Miley states, “I didn’t realize how much pressure I was under and how that shaped me until, like, this year.”

Girls supporting girls as Miley agrees with Beyonce in saying that ‘Girls Run The World,’ and that was an important thing to say because I think subconsciously we are beaten down to believe that it isn’t true our whole lives. It’s no wonder that a lot of people lose their way and lose who they really are because they always have people telling them who to be.”

Anabelle Acosta talks “Fat Camp” on Spotlight On

By: Ronnie Jr.

In the latest edition of AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On series, actress Anabelle Acosta joins us in studio to discuss her latest project, “Fat Camp.” The film debuted at the LA Film Festival and was later acquired by BET Networks. 

Joining the likes of comedian Chris Redd and the legendary Vivica Fox, Acosta stars as Abby, a former fatty who understands the value to support these well-rounded and full-figured kids. Acosta plays the love interest who has also been prominent at connecting the story with a comedic and inspiring narrative.  

Born in Cuba and raised in Queens, Acosta had an early interest in film and television. She’s recently locked in some prominent roles on HBO’s “Ballers” and ABC’s “Quantico.” 

She spoke with AfterBuzz host and switchboard engineer Ronnie Jr. about some of the things that have inspired her over the years and the surprising setbacks she’s come across while cast as the “pretty girl.”

Acosta explains that she’s open to those roles and ultimately focuses on the story and how she could utilize acting to represent the voice of the character. Her perception took a whirlwind turn in February as she was in a divesting automobile accident. The experience taught her how to relax and enjoy some of the quieter times life has to offer. Host Ronnie Jr. discusses the sweet spot you come across when you are able to simultaneously maintain career focus all the while allowing for peace and serenity to take shape. 

While she’s certainly grown and evolved at the tender age of 30, she spoke to the AfterBuzz audience in a way that really connected. Acosta may not be the most influential social media actress, she really makes an effort to showcase the things that matter. She explained that the opportunity to work with these kids from “Fat Camp” was an exhilarating experience. She saw firsthand how confidence truly comes from inspiration and is forever proud of the children who she worked with on the film.

At this rate, if Acosta continues building her already impressive resume and making smart decisions, it’s only a matter of time before she gets a dream casting–one that may or may not take her back to New York City. 

Check out the trailer for “Fat Camp” below: 

AfterbuzzTV Host Heather Yerrid Expecting Twins w/ Reality Star

By: Ali Marashi

One of our own AfterBuzz TV Hosts, Heather Yerrid is expecting twins with Nick Pendergrast, a contestant from season four of Lifetime’s Married at First Sight. This season aired in 2016, where Yerrid served as an AfterbuzzTV Aftershow panelist, as well as a life coach, on the popular Aftershow.

After a year of marriage between Pendergrast and Granados, they had filed for divorce. This is great news for the new family who just announced that they will be expecting twins. This baby is a surprise to all of us here at AfterBuzz and we are so happy for this announcement of new life!

We gathered some more information through Heather herself:

  1. How did you and Nick meet?

“Nick and I met indirectly while I was hosting the after show for Married at First sight on AfterbuzzTV.  We officially met the first week of May 2017 when he came to California to visit his family.”

  1. How long have you known about this special announcement?

“We have known about these mini miracles for a few weeks!”

  1. Why did you and nick decide to go public when you did?

“Nick and I went public this soon because we are ready to live normal lives.  This is something to celebrate and we wanted to be able to share with those that are excited about our journey.”

  1. What are some next steps we can expect from you guys?

“There is a lot on the horizon but nothing we can speak about at this time.”

  1. Having seeing him on the show, did you go into the relationship with any expectations or ideas about Nick?

“Nick is much different in real life than he appeared on the show.  This being a new relationship, I have no expectations.  Expectations are the death of true happiness.”

  1. Anything else you want to say on the record.

“It’s wild how things turn out.  Through guiding Nick to selfcess*, love just happened and neither of us expected it.  I was told a few years ago that I wasn’t going to be able to get pregnant.  This is something I had been heartbroken over for a long time so these are truly miracle babies! ”

*Selfcess, a portmeantau of Self and Success, is Heather’s Life-Coaching brand.

 

Ian Eastwood Aimed For Artistic Integrity on ‘World of Dance’

By Kristyn Burtt

Ian Eastwood, one of the biggest dance superstars on YouTube, is making a big splash on World of Dance this summer on NBC. He stopped by To The Pointe With Kristyn Burtt, a show presented by Popcorn Talk and Dance Network, to talk about his career and the impact the dance competition show is having on his work.

“The moment you have any of these people on the show — Les Twins, Keone and Mari, Jabbawockeez — these are real people in the dance community,” Eastwood explained. “It automatically validates it just by the people who show up.”

That doesn’t mean Eastwood always agreed with the judges — Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough and Ne-Yo — on the show.

“Do they think it’s right for the TV show? I think that’s what they were trying to say, but you can’t knock down points for being yourself,” he said. “That’s essentially what I got knocked down points for — me deciding not to do a hype song.”

Overall, Eastwood appreciates his experience on the show and he’s setting his sights on inspiring the next generation of dancers. He has a few thoughts on what could be improved in the dance community.

“People tend to aim low because it’s a bigger payoff to do something easier, and it will make it go through the roof [with likes and views on social media]. I don’t have a problem with anyone putting out content and showing the world what they do,” Eastwood shared. “I just think the dance world could be more real about people’s intentions. I can tell the difference when I watch someone dance to a song whether this is coming from their heart or if this was something that was manipulated to gain popularity.”

Be sure to catch up on prior episodes of Popcorn Talk and Dance Network’s To The Pointe With Kristyn Burtt on YouTube or tune in live on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. PT.

Rhea Seehorn’s Dad is a Spy!

By: Taylor Gates

“Better Call Saul” actress Rhea Seehorn made an appearance on the “I Blame Dennis Hopper” podcast to talk about her father’s espionage work, how she learns her lines, flop sweating at table reads, being mistaken for Craft Services, and what excites her about the theater.

On her dad’s spy job (24:55):

Illeana Douglas and Tamara Berg were both shocked when Seehorn revealed that her father was a counter-intelligence agent for NIS. Seehorn, however, was unfazed—she gets that reaction a lot.

“It seems like a made up job, but you realize someone has to have [it],” said Seehorn. “When you’re doing counter-intelligence, naval intelligence, naval investigative service…we moved to Virginia to catch the Walker spy family, ‘cause he was involved in that. Those are people that are aware…he’s not under cover. People are like, ‘How did you know that he even had that job? Was he wearing a costume every morning?”

Seehorn assured viewers that her father did not wear a cape or anything, and while he did do severe under cover work in the past, that part of his life was mostly done before she entered the picture. “By the time I got there it was more about…you know, you’re investigating moles and spies amongst your own.”

On learning her lines (35:05):

Seehorn also talked about her process of getting into character and memorizing the material. “I learn my lines up to a certain point and then the challenge is I have to do another activity while reciting the lines,” she said. “To use left, right brain—well, it’s not even left, right—but to force myself, ‘cause, you know, as an actor you can think you know them and you get there and it could be as crazy as they’ve said, ‘Actually, she’s going to ride a bike in this scene.’ And you’re like, ‘Shi…’ Suddenly you don’t know anything. But it can also just be having them in your body that much that if you can do them while you’re doing a crossword puzzle, which I’ll also do, then they feel more lived in.”

On table reads and flop sweat (38:35):

Douglas and Seehorn bonded over the pressure they feel during table reads, where nowadays it’s more than just their own job on the line.

“My experience of doing table reads is you go in, you read it, somebody gets fired and you get a new script,” Douglas said bluntly.

“Yes, that’s what it is now,” Seehorn agreed. “It is insane!”

Seehorn highlighted the difference of television versus theater as well. “[During] table reads in theater, you would be told over and over, ‘this is about the words, the playwright needs to hear the words. Please don’t put too much spin on it. Everybody’s here to literally start at ground level.’ And then TV, I remember my first show I got was a sitcom and I was flown out right after I finished doing A Playwright’s Horizon play and we did a table read. Thank god someone did tell me, “This is more like you bring your “A” Game. And actually an “A+” because if you’re trying to sell a joke, and the table reads they invite network and studio and all these people, and not only is your job on the line but dude who got to write his first script this year, and that joke, his job is on the line if you don’t sell the joke well.”

“It’s very stressful,” Seehorn admitted. “I won’t name which show, but I did one table read where the network head of development, on our way in for the very first read of this show said, ‘Okay everybody, make sure you bring your “A” Game. We do fire people from table reads. So, make sure you bring an “A” Game today.’ And sweat shot out of my armpits.”

On craft services (42:18):

Seehorn opened up about the challenges on set as well as table reads, revealing that she finds solace by the food table. “I hang out by the Craft Service table and I’m very nervous around the whole energy…even when you start shooting…the energy of jockeying for who’s important here, who am I supposed to kiss up to, which clique do you belong in…It makes me a nervous wreck,” she said. “So, I hang out by food.”

She revealed that, hilariously, sometimes she’s even mistaken for a PA. “Inevitably there’ll be a guest star that’s more famous than I am who will be like, ‘Can you do anything about getting toasted bagels?’ And I’m just like, ‘I think I can.’ And I go and try to find toasted bagels.

On what she misses about theater (46:50):

Seehorn has had a rich theater career, and she shared the one thing she misses most about the stage: mistakes. “One of the things that makes theater most alive and exciting to me is the moment something goes wrong,” she said. “From small to big, I don’t care if it’s someone having a sneezing attack in the front row or literally a set wall just fell. Or realizing, blinking to each other, ‘the prop knife that is the only way this scene can end is not out here. What’s our plan?’ And you’re doing it in Morse Code. Those moments where this weird tacit agreement with your cast of like, ‘Do you want to keep sailing the ship?’ ‘Doin’ it.’ And you go.”

“I love it so much, and I remember the first take on ‘I’m With Her,’ which was my first television show, and something went wrong—a door didn’t open or something—and it was so sad that they yelled, ‘Cut.’ ‘Cause I just thought, ‘let’s see what happens if the door is jammed.’ I love the promise of what would happen.”

Watch the whole interview with Seehorn below:

About the I Blame Dennis Hopper Podcast with Illeana Douglas:

Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, director, producer and self-proclaimed “Film Evangelist.” As the granddaughter of two-time Academy Award winner Melvyn Douglas she is privy to the history of Hollywood Royalty and has worked with directors from Martin Scorcese to Gus Van Sant to Allison Anders. With her unique insight, she interviews celebrities for the inside info about acting, filmmaking and what really happens behind the scenes on movie sets and TV shows.

‘True Blood’ Stephen Moyer Pays Tribute to Late Co-Star Nelsan Ellis

By: Ali Marashi

“True Blood” star Stephen Moyer recently paid tribute to his late co-star Nelsan Ellis, calling him “original, funny, sardonic, risqué and brilliant. Ellis was 39, and his cause of death was due to complications from heart failure.

Moyer played vampire Bill Compton on the HBO show; Ellis appeared as Lafayette Reynolds.

Moyer took to social media to express his thoughts, reminiscing on the life of his late costar. “I’m not sure I have ever seen, before or since, people crowd around a monitor at video village with their hands clapped to their mouths from shock, sheer laughter, and wonder as the actor playing Lafayette jiggled and shook and humped the butchers block to get his point across,” said Moyer. “I think it would be fair to say that he taught all of us that intent and courage and fearlessness and freedom are the aspects of playing make-believe that spark the corners of the room where the dark is most impenetrable.”

Moyer continued, talking about the power of entertainment. “To shine a light on those corners within ourselves is the very reason we go back time and again to movies, TV shows and theatre. To see that spark ignited.”

The star will be missed. We send our love to his family and friends.

‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Lena Headey Opens Up About Struggle with Postpartum Depression

By: Ali Marashi

Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” is no stranger to showcasing her determination and strength on and off the screen. Now, Headey is opening up about her battle with undiagnosed postpartum depression while filming the first season of the hit show.

During this time period, Headey had just given birth to her first child. She recently revealed her struggle in an interview with The Edit magazine. “I was postnatally depressed but I didn’t know it,” said Headey. “I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears. She said I was postnatally depressed and I went, ‘Am I? Why is that?'”

Luckily, the story has a happy ending, as Headey got the help she needed. “I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year [on Game of Thrones] in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky.”

Headey shared that depression has been something she has had to deal with since she was 15 years old. “I went a bit nuts,” she continued, “and eventually [I] went to a guy who mixes Western and Eastern philosophy in terms of medicine. He put me on a course of something that changed everything.”

We’re glad Headey is doing better and using her story to help others who might be going through the same thing!

Ben and Jen Take the Bahamas

By: Ali Marashi

Separated parents can still go on vacation as a family, right? Of course!

Let’s go back in time to 2015, when Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck first announced their separation. Where did they go? Baker’s Bay in Great Guana Cay.

Have Deja-Vu yet?

Well, the family decided to go back for another vacation there as a family just this week. US Weekly revealed that actress asked Ben to join children Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel to join her in the Bahamas.

Though it’s been two long years since the couple announced their decision to file for divorce, E! News revealed that “Ben and Jen took a family vacation with other family friends” and that “there was never any question that Ben would be there. All the dads went along, and it would have been strange for the kids not to have their dad there.”

But don’t get your hopes up for Affleck-Garner to rekindle the flame. The source continued that “they are not getting back together at all. They are both moving on, but will continue doing things together as a family.”

Good for them! We’re glad they can put their differences aside to be civil and have a little fun together.

THE CAST OF TBS’ WRECKED TALKS PROPS, WORKING IN FIJI and COMIC CON 2017. 

By: Zoe Hewitt

Los Angeles, CA, June 28, 2017 –(afterbuzztv.com)–Zach Cregger, Brooke Dillman and Jessica Lowe of the second season of TBS’ Wrecked talk Comic Con 2017, working on set in Fiji and Comic Con 2017 in San Diego.

LOWE on PROPS:

Lowe, “I think [the intestines] were corn syrup and red food dye.  They said ‘you can put it on your face, but it’s probably going to stain.’ …I had to put it on my face and [it stained] slightly. …It was really fun to put it on my face and I’ve never felt so badass.”

CREGGOR and DILLMAN on FIJI:

Creggor says, “[It went from] super-hot to hot.  People were dropping like flies.  [A costar] vomited from the heat.  He had to be removed from set.”

Dillman adds, “The Fijians were hot.  They were like, ‘this is horrible, we’ve never felt this way before.’”

LOWE and DILLMAN on COMIC CON 2017:

Lowe says, “This Wrecked island is awesome.  They started it off around LA and they’re dragging it, they’re tugging it, all the way down to San Diego.  Brookie and I already broke the S from TB.  We were having a twerk-off.”

Dillman says, “Yes, an upside-down twerk-off.  I said this will not hold and I went up in my handstand and the S came off immediately. …[The island boat] is the size of two basketball courts stuck together and there’s a mechanical boar, a palm tree you can climb up…”

Links to Sean Cameron Michael’s appearance can be found on AfterBuzz TV’s website, on iTunes or through this YouTube link: 

YouTube –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJyPwFhrfYE&feature=youtu.be&a

Host Zoe Hewitt is on Twitter and Instagram @RealZoeHewitt

Blade Possibly On His Way to the MCU 

By: Frank Alteri

It’s a wonderful time to be a fan of Marvel Comics. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been consistent on the film side, and has produced great Netlfix content with the exception of Iron Fist.

At one point, the idea of a massive connecting franchise based on comic book characters would have been viewed as laughable. Surprisingly, the success of a character many wouldn’t have expected showed the future possibilities of Marvel on the big screen.

In 1998, Blade became an instant classic, and by far the best film based on a Marvel character at the time. Even with an R rating and the negative track record for Marvel related films, Blade grossed $131 million at the box office worldwide. New Line Cinema went on to produce two more Blade films, with the highly acclaimed Blade II , and the disappointing third chapter Blade: Trinity.

Since then, Marvel Studios has reacquired the film rights to the vampire slayer, leaving fans clamoring for an MCU debut. While being interviewed for JoBlo, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked if Blade would be making a comeback.

“We think it would be cool. Someday,”

Feige also accredited the success of the Blade franchise as a reason Marvel was willing to take chances on lesser known properties.

“It doesn’t matter how well known the character is, it matters how cool the movie is. Which, many years later, would be the reason we do Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange. I think Blade is a legacy character now, and I think it would be fun to do something with him one day.”

Do you want to see Blade in the MCU? If so, would you want to see the Daywalker get another movie or possibly his own Netflix series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and tune in to Marvel Movie News for more MCU content!

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival

By: Lacretia Lyon

This past weekend marked the first ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival presented by Chris Hardwick. It was like Coachella meets Comic Con and there was never a dull moment.

While waiting for great bands like Weezer and OK Go to hit the stage you could browse the exhibitor village and shop for your next cosplay costume or complete your Funko collection. But that’s not all, there was Comedy Tent presented by Monster Energy Drink where you could check out a great set from comedians like Michael Ian Black and the musical comedy duo Garfunkel & Oates.

My favorite part was the Festival Tent that featured amazing panels like Con Man and Animaniacs Live! The host himself, Chris Hardwick, moderated both of these panels and I am still laughing. Alan Tudyk with his bag of swag that included a gift from @Midnight and I will definitely be hitting the Animaniacs Live! tour now because I felt like I was 7 years old again. I still sing the planet song from Pinky & the Brain to remember where they are in the solar system.

The venue was perfect for this mash up and I hope that this is a continued tradition at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. If you were unable to check it out this year, don’t miss your chance if it comes up again. Move over San Diego, this is the Con to see.

Sam Clark Talks Moving From Austrailia to LA, His New Writing Partner and His Music

By: Chae Jones

What’s better than watching our favorite music videos online, having your favorite artist perform live makes it even better! On “The Concert Experience” out host, Chae’ Jones talked with Australian actor/singer Sam Clark about how he made the decision to move to L.A., his new writing partner Bill Grainer and growth as a musician.

Moving to L.A. can be very exciting and a huge step as Los Angeles is where dreams are made. Coming from Australia where he had a following and then deciding to move to the States, as for Clark, he had another reason for coming to L.A. A leap of faith. “It was basically momentum. I had shot the film “Mental” which had american producers, Janna and Jerry Zucker and they were incredibly kind to me and offered to introduce me my first US manager. Once I signed with them, I had one of the biggest agencies in the US calling, saying we’d like to represent Sam. That was before I had came to America.” When facing either staying in Australia and building more a profile there or possibly losing his momentum he created. Clark has no regrets about his move to Los Angeles.

Bill Grainer is a grammy winning songwriter and producer and currently Clark’s new writing partner. Just when Clark was considering giving up music, a call set-up between a mutual friend is the first time Clark and Grainer spoke. “We got together on a phone call that was supposed to lasted five or ten minutes and I think that went on for like an hour or something. We just kept connecting.” Clark said. Sometimes all it takes is a friend with a helping hand to guide you to something greater that you didn’t think would happen.

You can check out the FULL interview with Sam Clark here:

‘Younger’ Actress Sutton Foster Opens Up About Adopting Daughter Emily Dale

By: Taylor Gates

Sutton Foster is known for her work on stage and on screen, but now she’s opening up about her newest and most exciting role yet—being a mom!

“It’s been unbelievable,” the “Younger” star gushed on the Today show. “There are many ways to have a family, and the adoption process for us was so beautiful. It just felt 100% right.”

Foster and her husband, screenwriter Ted Griffin, adopted daughter Emily Dale this past April. “It just changed everything,” said the 42-year-old actress. “I’m just like, ‘what took me so long?’ but yet I felt like I was waiting for this little soul to find me.”

“Terrifying and beautiful,” is how Foster described the first time holding her, revealing that this is the first grandchild on both her and Griffin’s side of the family. “My husband and I are having a great time just figuring it out. We have no idea what we’re doing!” laughed the two-time Tony winner.

“Someday I will share, because it’s her story too,” Foster said, keeping many of the adoption process’ details under wraps. “Someday we will share the whole story,” she beamed.

You can catch Foster on an all-new season of TV Land’s “Younger” starting June 28th.

‘What Happens at the Abbey’ Star Lawrence Charles Talks Baby Making Plans with Brandi J. Andrews

Lawrence Charles and Brandi Andrews from E!’s What Happens at the Abbey. Image courtesy of E!

By: Paige Stroobach

Lawrence Charles, one of the What Happens at the Abbey cast members and fan favourites, made an appearance on Afterbuzz TV, Sunday June 25th, where he joined panelists Guinwa Zeinedenne and Paige Bach to discuss their Season 1 finale, Episode 7.

The one hour conversation with Lawrence Charles revealed that he truly is the genuine, fun and loving father figure of the show that fans and other cast members have claimed him to be. Not only was his insight hysterical and spot on but his words about the struggles we watched throughout Season 1 of the E! reality tv show between him, Brandi and her fiancé Chloe shone a wonderful light on where they are at post show. When asked about their plans to have a baby in the future and where his and Brandi’s relationship stands Lawrence shared, “The bond is still not broken… I mean we’re moving in together next week” he went on to explain that the show covers what happened “a year ago, so a lot has changed over a year, I mean the engagement, you know and all that stuff and just their (Brandi and Chloe’s) relationship…”. He also told the Afterbuzz TV panel that although the delay in having a baby was stalled when Chloe came in to the picture he understood – “I completely understand”. 

So when will the world have a little Lawrence-Brandi baby? Hopefully soon! When Guinwa Zeinedenne asked if we were to expect a baby next year he shared, “I would love that, I would absolutely love that!” and let us know that he and Brandi were “definitely going to start trying like at the end of this year”.

Will Lawrence and Brandi be successful in their pursuit to become a modern family of three? or will more issues arise? Time will tell. To make your own predictions check out our other discussions with previous special guests on Afterbuzz TV What Happens at the Abbey

Allison Anders Stalked Wim Wenders!

 

By: John Comerford

Writer/Director Allison Anders on The I Blame Dennis Hopper podcast talks about stalking Wim Wenders, sexy, arty Mark Ruffalo, meeting Quentin Tarantino and how Peter Fonda will work for food.

On topic of Stalking Wim Wenders, Allison Anders offered – “Recently, we did an interview and he goes, Let’s face it Allison, you kind of stalked me.’ And I go, ‘Well, I did a little but it worked. It really worked and he knew that ultimately I was going to become a filmmaker or he was going to beat my ass.’”

Illeana Douglas has a real love of Ms. Anders movies. She offered: “Another thing I like about your movies is, even though it’s sort of a woman’s movie, is that the men are always interesting. They were Mark Ruffalo before there was a Mark Ruffalo. Sexy but arty.”

On Meeting Quentin Tarantino, Allison explained: – I knew of Quentin, I’d heard about him, Quentin Tarantino that is. And I knew everyone was very excited about him and excited about Reservoir Dogs but I had never seen him and I just thought he was going to be this gigantic, macho, action-y, I don’t know what I thought he was going to be but it certainly wasn’t the person I met, who comes up to me and goes, (soft voiced) “Hey, are you Allison? Hey, I really loved Gas, Food, Lodging. I’m Quentin.” I was like whoa, I couldn’t believe it. So we became fast friends there. It was really, really fun.”

Regarding Mick Fleetwood and Peter Fonda, Allison said – “So, Mick Fleetwood was going to be this guru in Topanga, ‘cause he also lived and raised his family in Topanga. And then he was getting married the weekend before we were going to shoot with him. And his father-in-law had a heart attack and died, I believe right at the wedding, so, really bad for them and really sucked for us because he was now unavailable. And so, Bridget Fonda’s dad was in town, Peter Fonda, I mean, what a trip. So, I said, “Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this.” And he goes, “It’s all right Allison, I’m always good to work for free food.”  And he told me this story,  “…sometimes I’ll see a movie crew and I’ll just go up and get in line with my tray.” And he says people will say, “I didn’t know Peter Fonda was in this movie.”

About the I Blame Dennis Hopper Podcast with Illeana Douglas:

Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, director, producer and self-proclaimed “Film Evangelist.” As the granddaughter of two-time Academy Award winner Melvyn Douglas she is privy to the history of Hollywood Royalty and has worked with directors from Martin Scorcese to Gus Van Sant to Allison Anders. With her unique insight, she interviews celebrities for the inside info about acting, filmmaking and what really happens behind the scenes on movie sets and TV shows.

Lily Collins Opens Up About Past Struggle With Anorexia: ‘I Needed to Talk About It’

By: Taylor Gates

The new Netflix dramedy “To the Bone” depicts a young woman struggling to overcome an eating disorder, and for the film’s star, its subject matter hits close to home. Lily Collins—who is known for movies such as “Mirror Mirror,” “The Blind Side,” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”—suffered from anorexia throughout her teen years and has recently opened up about how her personal experience impacted how she approached her latest role.

“This project came along my desk at the time when I was in the middle of writing my book [and] talking about my experience with eating disorders,” Collins shared. “It was kind of like the universe saying, ‘this is something you need to talk about for yourself but also to bring to the attention of people in general.’”

On The Today Show, the 28-year-old actress shared that there was a flicker of hesitation before signing onto the film. “There is always going a part of you that goes, ‘Oh, well stepping back into the shoes of something that wasn’t positive for you may be painful,” she said. “But I think [it] was so therapeutic for me…my experiences with this were a beautiful gift to be able to give to my character.”

“To the Bone” also stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie Preston. The film was written and directed by acclaimed TV producer Marti Noxon, who loosely based the movie off of her own life.

You can catch “To the Bone “ starting July 14th.

Leah Remini Opens Up About A&E Scientology Show: ‘Everybody On My Team Told Me Not to Do It’

By: Taylor Gates

Leah Remini is no stranger to the spotlight. The 47-year-old has been acting since she was a teenager and for two seasons starred on a series that centered around her home and family life, TLC’s “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative.” Considering her past as a reality star, her newest project isn’t completely uncharted territory for Remini. But while her TLC program scratched the surface of Scientology, her new documentary series dives right in. “Scientology and the Aftermath,” which airs on A&E, depicts Remini interviewing and conversing with other ex-Scientology members about their own experiences.

During The Hollywood Reporter’s Reality Roundtable, Remini shared that—despite warnings from her team—this series was close to her heart and felt important to make. “Everybody on my team told me not to,” she said bluntly. “They want me to be an actress. They don’t want me to be known as somebody who does a show about Scientology. I’m like, ‘What am I going to do? Not do it? This is my passion.’” Remini hopes that the show can educate the public on the toxicity of Scientology and create empathy for those who may fall victim to it. “The Church of Scientology has been in the news, but more so for fodder and a headline,” she explains. “What we are trying to do is show that this is a real thing that’s tearing families apart…we’re showing how a person actually can get there, and that’s what’s resonating.”

“We’re standing up to a bully and, in a culture where people are feeling apathetic, we’re representing a group of courageous people who are saying, ‘No, I’m going to do something about it.’” Remini is also quick to clarify that, although she always gets nervous about hearing stories about people’s experiences with the church, she’s not afraid of the institution itself. “I never want to give the organization of Scientology the idea that anybody is scared of them. We are not,” she said. “And the more they react in the way that they do, it makes me think we’re doing the right thing.”

Billie Lourd Speaks Out Against Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

By: Taylor Gates

It’s no secret that Billie Lourd has had a incredibly tough few months. Back in December, the 24-year-old actress lost both her mother (Carrie Fisher) and grandmother (Debbie Reynolds) mere days apart. However, Lourd has proven to be a young woman of grace and strength.

The latest example of this came right after the results of Fisher’s autopsy were released. While the cause of death remains unknown, the coroner’s report stated that sleep apnea and atherosclerotic heart disease were both factors that led to her passing. The statement also noted that multiple drugs were found in Fisher’s system, though whether or not her cause of death could be connected to their presence remains undetermined.

Lourd addressed the autopsy report with a beautiful and important statement to “Entertainment Weekly.” “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,” Lourd said bluntly. “She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” she added. “She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom: she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby.” Picture:

Prodigy Passes

By: Marina Varano

We are saddened to hear about the passing of Prodigy, who has lost his battle to sickle cell anemia at age 42.

The famous rapper, Albert Johnson,most known from the duo group Mobb Deep had been having complications with his disease, until he was finally admitted into a hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada where he eventually passed.

Prodigy had been in Las Vegas for the “Art of Rap” tour, alongside other rappers such as Ice Cube, KRS-One, and Ghostface Killah.

The person most in shock is Prodigy’s partner from Mobb Deep, Havoc.

In a video obtained by TMZ, Havoc says, “I met him when I was 15.  I’m 43 right now… I still can’t believe it.  I’m on the highway, I can’t pull over…I could have crashed with my kids in the car.”  Reports also say that Havoc is unable to listen to any of their music, or any pictures of the two life long friends.

We send our condolences, and may Prodigy’s influence in the rap world forever remain.

SEAN WALTMAN TALKS THE WOMEN’S MONEY IN THE BANK MATCH

By: TK Trinidad

MMA FIGHTER, Chael Sonnen is the special guest on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 this week and he talks about his upcoming fight.

Stream it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/sAQgxy2dxFw, or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below.

Chael Sonnen mentions how he was more motivated after his fight with Tito Ortiz: I went crazy after that fight, absolutely crazy. I never trained so hard, never felt so good. That was the motivation I needed. It was just a motivation thing and I haven’t been so motivated in over 10 years.

 Chael Sonnen talks about his first tryout at the Power Plant for WCW Nitro:I went for the tryout, they used to advertise that at Nitro “Hey call this number if you want to be a pro-wrestler.” So I called in one day, told my dad and he got me a ticket and he sends me out there. It was right after my sophomore year in college and it was a tryout. Sarge was still running it, I was in great shape, all American that was in great shape. I can’t tell you how difficult It was. Only me and two other guys made it through while everyone was done the very first day.

Chael Sonnen Gives His Thoughts on the Conor McGregor/ Floyd Mayweather Match: Mayweather better win and he better do it really quickly and really dominantly. You got a guy whose never lost at boxing against a guy who has never boxed and if this story ends any other way than absolute destruction and the entire integrity of the sport of boxing takes a huge blow and they cannot afford that right now.

Sean ‘X-Pac’ Waltman talks about the finish of the Women’s Money In The Bank Match: It felt like they took a big giant crap on it, to be honest with you. And here’s the thing, we can blame anything or anyone and point fingers. But, when it comes to these things; it’s Vince McMahon, that’s where the buck stops. That’s just the way it is.

 Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Daniel Day-Lewis Quits Acting

By: Ali Marashi

Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the only actors to win three Oscars, announced that he is retiring from acting.

He received five total Oscar nominations and won his awards for his roles in “Lincoln,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “My Left Foot” over four decades.

Day-Lewis still has one final film bowing before his retirement“Phantom Thread,” which comes out Christmas 2017. This seems like the worst Christmas present ever.

However, although this might be the end of his acting career, as fans we can appreciate his important roles. A statement by Daniel Day-Lewis’ spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, states that he “will no longer be working as an actor” but “is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years.”

“This is a private decision,” she said, “and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

Although there is no public reason for his retirement, let’s hope his fans will be supportive of Day Lewis’ decision.

Leah Remini Opens Up About A&E Scientology Show: ‘Everybody On My Team Told Me Not to Do It’

By: Taylor Gates

Leah Remini is no stranger to the spotlight. The 47-year-old has been acting since she was a teenager and for two seasons starred on a series that centered around her home and family life, TLC’s “Leah Remini: It’s All Relative.”

Considering her past as a reality star, her newest project isn’t completely uncharted territory for Remini. But while her TLC program scratched the surface of Scientology, her new series dives right in. “Scientology and the Aftermath,” which airs on A&E, depicts Remini interviewing and conversing with other ex-Scientology members about their own experiences.

During The Hollywood Reporter’s Reality Roundtable, Remini shared that—despite warnings from her team—this series was close to her heart and felt important to make. “Everybody on my team told me not to,” she said bluntly. “They want me to be an actress. They don’t want me to be known as somebody who does a show about Scientology. I’m like, ‘What am I going to do? Not do it? This is my passion.’”

Remini hopes that the show can educate the public on the toxicity of Scientology and create empathy for those who may fall victim to it. “The Church of Scientology has been in the news, but more so for fodder and a headline,” she explains. “What we are trying to do is show that this is a real thing that’s tearing families apart…we’re showing how a person actually can get there, and that’s what’s resonating.”

“We’re standing up to a bully and, in a culture where people are feeling apathetic, we’re representing a group of courageous people who are saying, ‘No, I’m going to do something about it.’”

Remini is also careful to clarify that, although she always gets nervous about hearing stories about people’s experiences with the church, she’s not afraid of the institution itself. “I never want to give the organization of Scientology the idea that anybody is scared of them. We are not,” she said. “And the more they react in the way that they do, it makes me think we’re doing the right thing.”

Bill Cosby’s Lawyer Speaks Out

By: Ali Marashi

It has been reported that Bill Cosby’s case went into a mistrial because of a split jury vote.

Cosby’s lawyer, Angela Agrusa, says she was almost convinced after hearing the jurors’ questions that her client would be announced guilty.

The case, which centers around the sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004, ended in mistrial because the prosecutors did not have enough evidence to find Bill Cosby guilty. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Agrusa offered that their team wanted an acquittal but was satisfied with a mistrial considering it resulted in the same thing as if the group of jurors had found him not guilty.

Angela Agrusa confirms that the jurors just could not come to a solid agreement around the verdict of the high profile case. In addition to the mistrial, the defense team wanted Cosby to take the witness stand, as Cosby is known to be an extremely charismatic man.

“We knew a jury would want to hear from him. We were always prepared to put him on the stand. We were still talking about this on the weekend before close,” said Agrusa. Despite this, Cosby ultimately did not end up testifying.

The extremely high profile case might have ended in mistrial, but it’s doubtful that this is the last we’ll be hearing of it. Which leaves only one question: where will the case go from here?

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ to Resume Production, Investigation Finds ‘No Misconduct’

By: Taylor Gates

It looks like ABC will be heading to paradise this summer after all. Barely a week after production was halted after a sexual assault allegation from contestant Corrine Olympios, Warner Bros. released a statement about their findings and the fate of season four.

“We take all such allegations seriously,” said the company. “The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly.” Though the network does not plan on releasing the tape in question “out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved,” they assure that it “does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member…[or] that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”

ABC said they would resume production on the reality series shortly and that it would air this summer like originally planned.

The network declined to comment on whether Olympios and DeMario Jackson, the man she accused, will continue filming and finish out the season.

Billie Lourd Speaks Out Against Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

By: Taylor Gates

It’s no secret that Billie Lourd has had a incredibly tough few months. Back in December, the 24-year-old actress lost both her mother (Carrie Fisher) and grandmother (Debbie Reynolds) mere days apart.

However, Lourd has proven to be a young woman of grace and strength. The latest example of this came right after the results of Fisher’s autopsy were released. While the cause of death remains unknown, the coroner’s report stated that sleep apnea and atherosclerotic heart disease were both factors that led to her passing. The statement also noted that multiple drugs were found in Fisher’s system, though whether or not her cause of death could be connected to their presence remains undetermined.

Lourd addressed the autopsy report with a beautiful and important statement to “Entertainment Weekly.”

“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it,” Lourd said bluntly.

“She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” she added. “She talked about the shame that torments people and their families confronted by these diseases. I know my Mom: she’d want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles. Seek help, fight for government funding for mental health programs. Shame and those social stigmas are the enemies of progress to solutions and ultimately a cure. Love you Momby.”

Drake Bell Not Invited to Former Co-Star Josh Peck’s Wedding

By: Ali Marashi

They never thought it be so simple, but they found a way.

This Saturday, Josh peck married his longtime partner Paige Obrien in Malibu. Everything seemed normal until fans realized Drake Bell had not been invited to the wedding.

The duo first appeared together on “The Amanda Show” with Amanda Bynes before playing stepbrothers on Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh.” However, their relationship in real life may be questionable since fans noticed that one of the famous duo was missing from the other’s wedding.

There could have been drama in the friendship between the two, but none of us would’ve known. During the festivities, Drake Bell tweeted, “When you’re not invited to the wedding the message is clear…” and “ALWAYS remember where you came from.” Seems like Bell was just as shocked as fan were.

Actors who WERE invited to the wedding included John Stamos, who Peck worked with on “Grandfathered.”

Is the iconic Drake/Josh friendship over, or will the two find a way to hug it out?

Elizabeth Banks Apologizes for Forgetting ‘The Color Purple’ in Steven Spielberg Remarks

By: Taylor Gates

Elizabeth Banks found herself in hot water over her Women in Film acceptance speech. The 43-year-old actress and director was slammed by people on social media after making a comment about Steven Spielberg’s lack of female roles. “I went to ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Jaws’ and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead,” Banks stated incorrectly. Though actress Shari Belafonte yelled out that Banks had forgotten his 1985 film “The Color Purple,” she didn’t back down. “Okay, I was wrong. But he didn’t direct it: he produced it,” she said, though Spielberg did in fact direct the Oscar-nominated drama.

Many Twitter users expressed their frustration about how women of color are often excluded from the conversation concerning women in Hollywood. “This is why #OscarsSoWhite exists, @ElizabethBanks,” tweeted activist and Broadway Black editor April Reign. “To call out false narratives about marginalized communities. To inform folks like you.” “Steven Spielberg also produced ‘Memoirs Of A Geisha,’” added @Jaiylean. “Someone should ask Elizabeth Banks what is her definition of ‘female…’”

After the backlash, Banks apologized for her words and way she handled the situation: <blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”und” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://t.co/Sea684ZUoI”>pic.twitter.com/Sea684ZUoI</a></p>&mdash; Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ElizabethBanks/status/875468638605656064″>June 15, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src=”//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js” charset=“utf-8”></script>

Miley Cyrus Gets Candid About Her Music, Smoking Pot, and a New Chapter of Her Life

By: Taylor Gates

It seems Miley Cyrus is turning over a new leaf, and she’s not afraid to talk about it. She’s also not shy about addressing her past, her fears, and her enthusiasm for the next chapter of her life. Cyrus recently took to “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” to discuss where she is musically and personally. “I’m actually the most passionate about what I’m doing with this record than I’ve [ever] been,” she said of her newest album. That passion is part of the reason why she made the decision to quit smoking weed.

Cyrus, who in the past was extremely outspoken about her love of cannabis, reveals that she wanted to be able to speak about her new projects with as much clarity and intelligence as possible, and she thought nixing pot would help her do that. She has also had a reoccurring nightmare that she was so high during her “SNL” monologue that she dropped dead on stage. “It was seriously horrible…no one’s ever died from weed, but no one’s ever smoked as much as I did,” she laughed. Though to some it may seem like Cyrus is returning to her old, more authentic self, she assures everyone that her “Wrecking Ball” stage was more than just an edgy act. “With ‘Bangerz’ I never tried to prove anything or not be myself. Every time I say I’m being myself whether I look like this or look completely different—that is myself.” Those excited for Cyrus’ new album shouldn’t worry. Although it doesn’t have an official release date yet, she assures fans they won’t have to wait much longer. “It feels done, but every day I’m learning more stuff and I want to, you know, put that on the record.

Lorde Reveals How She Deals with Body Shaming

By: Taylor Gates

Lorde is breaking her silence on being body shamed immediately after the debut of her first single, “Royals.” The song, which was released in 2013, immediately flew to the top of the charts and made the then 16-year-old a target for nasty comments. “I remember all these kids online, I think I beat their favorite people to number one, and they were like…’she’s got really far-apart eyes.’ Just weird [stuff] like that,” she says. “It rocked my foundations,” the “Green Light” singer admits. “I remember being made aware of my looks and my body in a way that I had never been.”

Lorde, now 20, credits time and the support of her family for being better-equipped to handle the cyber bullying now. “When it was happening, I was quite overwhelmed by it. But that was a long time ago,” she says. “I was able to return to my family and shelter against that and get to where I am now. I feel so comfortable in myself.” Lorde’s new album, “Melodrama,” drops June 16.

Things Get Homeless w/ Writers Hannah McMechan & Danya Jimenez

By: Jeff Graham

Popcorn Talk’s show “The Unproduced Table Read” featured a rousing, manic, and beautifully offensive comedy pilot reading on Fri, Jun 16. Hannah McMechan & Danya Jimenez’ comedy BLACKFRIARS, offers interesting insight about the nature of millennial entitlement and homelessness, and host Jeff Graham, accompanied by a panel of professional actors, happily explored these questions with the writers in studio.

The pilot takes place in the bowels of London’s Blackfriars Underground station, but interestingly, neither of the pilot’s writers are British. “British comedy is our favorite genre to watch. With that kind of humor, you can get away with more, and that’s what we write. Dark stuff. We’re constantly worried about toeing the line between comedy and offensiveness.”

The conversation shifted to discuss how character dynamics can really counter the edgy intensity of dark comedy. “In this pilot, we worked really hard on the relationships. They’re homeless, but we still wanted the characters to seem relatable. We want these relationships to feel like real relationships and real life.”

On the benefits of writing mockumentary comedy, “One of the advantages is that you can see what the other characters are thinking about their peers. You can get them to talk shit about other characters. It’s away to get away with backhanded exposition.”

Tune in every Friday @ 10am PST on http://popcorntalknetwork.com/ for more table reads, and exclusive writer interviews!

In the meantime, check out this week’s show below!

Ethan Cater III (EC3) from Impact Wresting, Guests on Sean Waltman’s, X-Pac 12360!

By: TK Trinidad

Sean Waltman featured Impact Wrestler Ethan Carter III (EC3) on his podcast this week, and the interview was LIT!

Stream it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/r29N8kMFY2k, or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below.

On whether or not he would return to WWE, EC3 offered:  “It’s definitely a thought I have now that I’ve accomplished a lot and kind of made a name for myself elsewhere and to be blunt and frankly honest I have a lot left to accomplish. I believe I have a lot to prove there (WWE), that I never had the chance to do or didn’t deserve at the time. But you know I’ve learned a lot about myself and know myself now that it’s definitely on my mind but it’s not something I can focus on, my commitments are with Impact.”

On what he learned from Dusty Rhodes,EC3 offered: “What are the important things you learned from Dusty? Just communication, telling a story the ability to base a promo. The hook in the beginning and the conclusion being the most important part and the peaks and valleys you take them on the way, when you’re trying to tell that story. He compared it to a lot of promos to match and match to promo. You have your initial thing that catches their attention. You can have the best match of the world and your finish absolutely sucks. You have a bad match but you have a bad promo. You have an okay or bad match until the end and the conclusion is great, then you have a great promo and a great match.”

About working With RIP Rogers,EC3 offered: I moved down to Louisville and got to mingle with some guys, RIP was in charge of that class and it was just an eye-opening experience. I thought I knew something and I knew absolutely nothing. Just the way he teaches, the basics, the thought process of being a heel, being a baby face. I wish a lot of people had that experience with him.

Talks about leaving WWE,EC3 talked: I got hurt on the road, I believe it was a Saturday Night Main Event match with Cesaro and I kinda got hurt. I had surgery and rehab so I went back to developmental to at least work on my skills or do whatever to get back on the radar. Instead, I got fired, but it’s okay, it’s a lesson to learn and it inspired me to work ever harder.

 Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

Suzanne Cryer on Silicon Valley Journey

Suzanne Cryer opened up on Silicon Valley Season 4 Episode 7 Review w/ Suzanne Cryer about character development, how the show addresses women in the tech industry and much more!

Link to interview on AfterBuzz TV’s YouTube: https://youtu.be/5kvNTCBVN4U?list=PL6THzna6gLcdJu6kS1XqsgiQpJJZFxmXr

Regarding the development her character in season 4, Cryer offered, “There are certainly similarities between Lori and Peter I don’t think anyone would deny that and you know I think there are people out there that are haters of Lori, or think that I’m doing a horrible job imitating Peter, but which isn’t too bad. What happened is that they wanted that they needed someone in that position because that position was necessary, that VC position, to counter Hooley. However, Chris Welch is just irreplaceable, I think he was doing a career defining performance, he’s still missed, it was a great performance, everybody is still sad. I think they thought to myself they thought they could kill two birds with one stone here, I’m just of course speculating here because no one shares anything with me. I think they could address having more female power on the show and also fill the position without competing and having a man come in.”

When speaking about the gender politics of the show, Cryer had this to say: “It interesting that they get critiqued a lot because in terms of female issue because I think they did a really stunning job of doing some gender examination and particularly this season and have a pregnant woman as a VC and she is just tenacious and ignoring it. And that’s what I love is that the pregnancy and the family is inconsequential. Its background noise, maybe she’s a good mother maybe she’s a bad mother but its none of your damn business.”

She further elaborated on the shows complicated gender politics, offering: “It goes back to the episode she was introduced in and she says ‘I’m being scrutinized from goth within and without’ she’s keenly aware for somebody who lacks all social sense, maybe she has tremendous social sense. She’s bypassing social all things women are trapped all social niceties that women are trapped and probably stymied by she just skipped by them and dispenses with them. I do think that some of it is biological wiring.”

Of coruse, it’s been announced that TJ Miller is not returning for the show’s final season. On this topic, Cryer said, “It’s heartbreaking. I mean listen its really heartbreaking, I think the show is bigger than TJ I think it will be a different show without TJ. it surprising that that mike judge and HBO doesn’t loop me in on the decision making process, given, from my understanding it was a mutual thing and there is no bad guy in the situation. And everyone is sad TJ is sad HBO is sad, there were a lot of things at play, clearly and I am not privy to them and I hope we see him again. I certainly do not rule it out but what the hell do it know. Not much. But Its heartbreaking because I love working with him and also on a personal note. TJ was really kind to me after entering after a season of a show after a season he was understanding and kind and supportive.

Finally, she discussed the changing nature of Hollywood media. “[TJ] is creating projects and he’s doing all this kind of stuff. All of the guys work a lot and they are all busy. It is so different now, young people, I’m like ‘just go to auditions, work and then leave’ everybody is generating stuff and it is just different, I find it exhausting just even hearing about it.  They talk about their schedules and what they are doing between doing standup and improv and writing projects and I’m just like ‘oh my lord and I can barely get dinner made for the children and I can barely show up to work with my face”.

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Bob Weide reveals Woody Allen’s secret hiding spot!

By: John Comerford

Writer, Director, Producer, Bob Weide on the I Blame Dennis Hopper podcast reveals how Woody Allen writes scripts, his secret hiding place of film ideas, plus how he prostitutes himself to avoid catastrophe.

When discussing Woody’s writing method, Bob said, “We were in his bedroom filming, ‘cause I knew he still had the same typewriter that he bought when he was fourteen years old, which is all he’s ever typed on, this manual portable typewriter. So we’re in his room looking at the typewriter and he’s showing me when he cuts and pastes, rather than do it digitally, he literally cuts the paper then staples it on to a new sheet if there’s a paragraph he wants to retain.

On Woody’s Secret Hiding Place, Bob offered, Woody calls me over: ‘Here I’ll show you something you might be interested in.’ I said, ‘Oh, what’s this?’ He walks me and the cameraman over to this drawer, dresser next to his bed and he pulls it out heaps and heaps of scraps of paper, motel stationery, napkins, and just spare pieces of paper. Whenever he has an idea out of the blue he just writes it down and throws it into the drawer. Then he shows us on camera how he picks his next movie. He takes all the paper and dumps it on the bed, starts to go through it, picks up one (reads it), “Naw, I don’t like that one.” (Picks up another), little bit of an idea, he starts to think it through. Says more times than not he’ll get half-way through and go, “No, nothing here.” But if he can follow it through to the end of a movie, sitting there on his bed, that becomes his next script.

On discussing prostitution and the arc of filmmaking, Woody says, “Writing is the best part, ‘cause when you’re writing it’s just you and your pen, in his case his pen and his legal pad, and he’s writing. And he says, “You can delude yourself into thinking you’re writing Citizen Kane and this is the greatest thing in the world.” Then the cameras come and the people and you’re trying to figure out how to shoot the scene and then in the editing room it’s a mess. And he says, “You start off thinking you’re creating Citizen Kane and before it’s over you’ll prostitute yourself in any way possible just to survive this catastrophe. And that to him is the arc of making a film.

About the I Blame Dennis Hopper Podcast with Illeana Douglas:

Illeana Douglas is an actress, writer, director, producer and self-proclaimed “Film Evangelist.” As the granddaughter of two-time Academy Award winner Melvyn Douglas she is privy to the history of Hollywood Royalty and has worked with directors from Martin Scorcese to Gus Van Sant to Allison Anders. With her unique insight, she interviews celebrities for the inside info about acting, filmmaking and what really happens behind the scenes on movie sets and TV shows.

Dominic Bogart Offers Exclusives on his Past and Future

By: Zoe Hewitt

Los Angeles, CA, June 12, 2017

Actor Dominic Bogart talked to host Zoe Hewitt about his work on FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, the heavy subject matter of THE BIRTH OF A NATION and working with Brie Larson on the upcoming THE GLASS CASTLE.

On FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, Bogart offered: “I tried to keep all of the hype and excitement around it, all of the fandom following excitement, I tried to keep away from that. If I’m working on something…first thing’s first you’ve got to do a good job on set. I haven’t yet come to terms with how huge it is anyway.”

He continued by discussing his role in THE BIRTH OF A NATION, oferring: “[Nate Parker, the director] would just bring us all together because he knew it was heavy. We were shooting in the South, we were standing on the graves of the slaves in the south, the blood of them in the ground right there. He understood it so well that he knew what our reactions would be within the context, so he was able to wrangle us, let us feel safe, let us know this isn’t personal this is us telling a story, we’re all a team here.”

On working with the incredibly talented Brie Larson, Bogart informed: “She’s really wise beyond her years. …I had to balance how we could make [the discomfort with our characters] feel legitimate on camera, on set, while keeping a nice distance and a nice friendly rapport. …I can’t say enough good things about her as an artist or her as a person.”

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ID1OT Fesitival Expands Alreday Ambitious Slate

By: Lacretia Lyon

SYFY’s The Magicians and Animaniacs Live! will join the already impressive line up for the ID10T: Music Festival + Comic Conival, which will be Saturday June 24 and Sunday June 25 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA. Chris Hardwick presents this all new festival, which sounds like Coachella meets Comic Con, and it’s sure to be a blast with music acts like Weezer, Artists’ Alley, panels and even an exhibitor zone.

Other panels confirmed for the event include Portlandia, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Harmontown and Stan Against Evil. The festival will also feature multiple unique experiences from Toyota, which include a Cinderella-themed infinity photo booth, a Gingerbread Man-inspired car chase, interactive beatboxing, a live caricature station and much, much more.

Tickets are still available at www.ID10TFest.com and General Admission tickets start at just $55. Don’t miss out on this one in a lifetime opportunity to check out the first ID10T: Music Festival + Comic Conival.

Oprah Talks about the Power of Being Vulnerable

By: Lanisha Fisher

Most people know Oprah Winfrey as one of the most successful African American woman in America. She is best known for her talk shows which started in 1986. One of the best qualities that people loved about her show was the fact that she was willing to open up to her audience, however she did not always know that her vulnerability had its advantage. According to the Hollywood Reporter on their first broadcast, Oprah shared, on their podcast, at what point she was willing to open up. She talks about how she was born in Mississippi and how she was raised by her grandmother. When she was 6 she was sent to live with her mother where she was molested by relatives and acquaintances. And to make things worst she became pregnant at the age of 14 by her uncle who had raped her.

“I had hit rock bottom.” says Winfrey, “I intended to kill myself”. At this point she had moved in with her father. When Winfrey had a miscarriage she thought of it as a second chance at life. At the age of 16 she was able to get her first job in journalism, reading the news for a local radio station. She thought to use Barabra Walter as her muse. From there Oprah’s life has been turning around in the best way possible. She was able to act in her very first major film “The Color Purple.” Then after that she was able to have her very own show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” where she prayed everyday, “God use me and protect me”.

Her mission for this show was to uplift, enlighten, encourage, and entertain. With this mission in mind, she realized durning the show that opening up was the best way to acccomplish her mission. Now the questions are what will Oprah Winfrey do next and how will she continue to change and affect people’s lives in the best way possible.

“UnReal” Delays Season 3

By: Lanisha Fisher

The popular hit show “UnReal”, which airs on Lifetime, has been pushed back until 2018. Star Constance Zimmer who plays Quinn King on the show, tweeted the news, “Here’s to the fans… Hang in there for #season 3 @UnRealLifetime AIRING in the FIRST PART OF 2018” Of course this news went viral, and Constance had to be interviewed in person, where she announced on the Hollywood Reporter that it is actually better for the show to be delayed. “Lifetime has a few new shows that they are adding to their network that they would like to pair with our show.” says Constance, “And I think everybody needs a good partner in crime. We didn’t really have a show to air with us and so waiting is going to be hard because we all thought it was going to be on by now and I know there’s a lot of fans that are very mad and I’m very sorry but just hang in there.”

She ends off comment on a positive note about starting off the new year right, “2017, let’s be honest, has not been that great. So let’s just start off 2018 better with Season 3 of ‘UnReal.'”

Fans have seen Constance interview and has commented non-stop. Some are still bummed out to the idea of waiting, while others share their excitement for the show. Asma Azmat Shaikh tweets “Well I’m sure it will be worth the wait.” and Ranveer Lochab tweets, “So excited for @UnRealLifetime @ShiriAppleby you guys are worth the wait! Because I know your acting will be INCREDIBLE!!” Will the wait be worth it? We’ll all see in fall of 2018.

Christina Grimmie’s Family Speaks Out on Anniversary of Her Death

By: Taylor Gates

One year after her shocking murder, Christina Grimmie’s parents have released a statement offering support, love, and gratitude to her fans.

“We want to take this moment to say thank you to Christina’s legion of fans worldwide and all the partners who contributed and are still contributing to her legacy,” the Grimmie family wrote in a Facebook post alongside a picture of the 22-year-old singer. “Your prayers, love, encouragement and support have been felt by us as a family and we are humbled and deeply appreciative,” they continued. “We too are still healing, but know that we love each and every one of you. Thank you for your support!”

The Grimmie family’s heartfelt message comes a day after a memorial gathering in Orlando outside The Plaza Live—the venue where the 22-year-old was tragically shot after one of her concerts last year.

“Honestly, it’s hard to be back here,” said 23-year-old Danielle Hendrix, who was at Grimmie’s final show. “It’s a little bittersweet because since she was killed here, many of us feel closer to her at The Plaza.” Hendrix, along with more than two dozen other fans, payed tribute to the singer by lighting candles, laying down flowers, singing some of Grimmie’s songs, and wearing her favorite color: green.

In February, Grimmie’s family released “Invisible,” a posthumous single, and donated the proceeds to a memorial fund in her name. They released the rest of her album, ’All is Vanity,’ this past Friday.

Adam West, TV’s Original Batman, Dies at 88

By: Briana Phipps

Adam West, the titular star of TV’s “Batman” from 1966-1968, has died after battling leukemia. He was 88.

The news of his passing was confirmed on his official Twitter account: “Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We’ll miss him like crazy. We know you’ll miss him too – West Family.”

His fans called him “The Bright Knight” because of his fun, campy take on a character later actors would play as the morose, battered Dark Knight.

Recently, West provided the voice to Quahog’s mayor on 111 episodes of Seth MacFarlane’s animated Fox series “Family Guy.” Last year, West appeared as himself on broadcast television’s No. 1 show, “The Big Bang Theory.”

West was born William West Anderson in Walla Walla, Washington in 1928. After a stint as an announcer for the Army, he moved to Hawaii, where he landed a sidekick role on children’s show “El Kini Popo Show,” which featured a chimp. West later took over as star of the show.

The actor wrote his memoir “Back to the Batcave” in 1994.

West is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Audra McDonald Inducted into Lincoln Center Hall of Fame

By: Taylor Gates

Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald has been inducted into the Lincoln Center Hall of Fame!

The new honor aims to recognize exceptional talent within the 11 arts organizations that make up Lincoln Center, including the Lincoln Center Theater and Metropolitan Opera. McDonald has a special tie to the Center, as she trained at Juilliard. Her 1994 debut in “Carousel” at the theater also won the actress her first Tony. McDonald’s honor was presented by Tina Fey.

Musical theater composer and lyricist Adam Gwon, who honored her with a new song during the event, tweeted his congratulations. “You made me cry like the hormonal mess that I am these days,” McDonald responded. “Thank you so much for your gorgeous song.” In addition to a trophy designed by Heatherwick Studios, inductees will each get a paving stone in Lincoln Center’s plaza. The stones will have individual markers that will launch interactive digital content on a free app.

What’s your favorite Audra McDonald performance? Tell us below in the comments!

Nico Tortorella Opens Up About Biphobia and Wanting to Start a Family on LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Interview with Nico Tortorella on LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

Interview with Nico Tortorella on LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters

By: Jeffrey Masters

In an interview on the podcast, LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters, Nico Tortorella (Younger, Menendez: Blood Brothers) talks about not caring if his sexuality will have an impact on his career, becoming comfortable identifying as bisexual, biphobia that he’s encountered, and his desire to get married and have a family.

Nico Tortorella on not caring about how his sexuality will affect his career:

At the end of the day if there’s some old white guy in the studio that’s like, “We’re not going to give him the part because he f*cked a dude.” That’s OK. I’m never going to work for that guy. You can go f*ck yourself. I’m fine with that.

On biphobia and assuming it equates to promiscuity:

The biphobia that exists, not only in our community, but outside of it, is insane…from people I’ve dated, from strangers to relatives. Yeah. They just think we’re whores. It’s like, “You’re so greedy. You can’t just pick one. You want all of them. This is just a moment before you say you’re gay. You just want to hold onto the idea that you can still be with women.” Like, come on. I’m not doing this for anybody but myself. It’s ridiculous actually.

On craving connection over sex with people:

I feel like so much emphasis in the umbrella of sexuality is put on if I’m physically attracted to someone: am I sexually attracted to this person, can I imagine having sex with this person? And for me, that’s an afterthought to asking, can I care about this person, can I love this person, can I feel really connected to this person? Do I have an incredible exchange of energy with this person? I’m a true believer that love is so blind.

On getting comfortable with the bisexuality: 

I use the term bisexual because I really respect the people that put it in the LGBTQ community in the first place. I’m not going to say fluid just for the sake of it because I respect our elders in the community. That is why I use the term bisexual.

On wanting to get married and still date other people:

I’ve been in an open relationship with somebody in my life for up to 11 years now and we’ve talked about getting married and having kids and what that looks like and dating other people, so all of these things are in the ether. But we’re still figuring it out.

The full interview is available on iTunes and YouTube.

LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters is an interview series that documents the stories of the LGBTQ community — all races, genders, sexualities, and everyone in between. Previous guests include Asia Kate Dillon, Ross Mathews, Trixie Mattel, Laura Jane Grace, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Peter Paige, Cleve Jones, and Shane Ortega.

‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi will be Joining Malia Obama at Harvard University

By: Taylor Jackson

The beautiful talented actress Yara Shahidi from ABC’s hit show “Black-ish” is heading off to Harvard University.

The 18 year old,Yara was accepted to every college and university she had applied to. Tuesday she posted a photo on instagram rocking a Harvard University Hoodie. That came with a caption that included power quote,“The paradox of education is precisely this ― that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. ~ James Baldwin #CrimsonPride,” Shahidi wrote.

In Marched the fabulous Shahidi revealed with seventeen magazine that former first lady Michelle Obama wrote four of her letter of recommendation. Similar to Malia Obama,Yara plans to double major in sociology and African American Studies. She is considering taking a gap year before started Harvard to work and be better prepare for her future. The gap year could help ShahIdi with her busy schedule.

In addition to starring as Zoey in “ Black-ish” who is speaking out against social injustices,actively encouraging young women to thrive and working on her very own spin-off show that will explore Zoey’s life at college.

CONGRATS TO YARA SHAHIDI !

It Seems that Ben & Lauren are Happily Never After

By: Ali Marashi

After hearing the news about the split of famous Bachelor couple Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell, Bushnell is addressing all the rumors regarding the break up. The tensions in the relationship could have started from the on-screen confessing his love for runner-up JoJo Fletcher with the famous lines, “I found love with you, but I found it with somebody else more.”

Lauren never states that this is the sole reason for the breakup, but she told People Magazine that “I don’t think I’ve ever talked about how hurtful that was.”

Even months after she finally was able to watch the show like all viewers at home. She was just as we were when she found out her beau would be confessing to love to another woman as well. As for the engagement, one of the reasons she called it off was because of that very special moment was not solely hers. couples try to make it work, but other times it is better just to let each other go.

Seinfeld Is Clearly Not A Hugger

By: Jeff Graham

Jerry Seinfeld is making headlines with what is possible the most Seinfeld-y interaction to happen since the finale of his infamous NBC sitcom.

On the red carpet of the National Night of Laughter and Song event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., singer songwriter Ke$ha, who recently made headlines for her tumultuous contract battle with decidedly skeezey record producer Dr. Luke, enthusiastically introduced herself and professing admiration for Seinfeld’s work.

Seinfeld reacted a bit coldly, though politely, thanking her for the compliment, though he clearly had no idea who the signer was. Deer-in-headlines much? You’re “totes” telling me!

Following this moment, Ke$ha, tried to solicit a hug from the fame comedian, to which he thrice responded, “no thanks!” Having received her rejection, Ke$ha disappointedly scampered off. Interviewer Tommy McFly, a local DJ, laughed about the interaction with Mr. Seinfeld, and then informed the comedian that it was in fact Ke$ha who had been besmirched. “Well, I wish her the best,” giggled Jerry.

Check out the interaction below!

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Last Breakfast Club’ Opening Night Left Everyone Moved With Fist Pump In The Air

Written by: Chae’ Jones

All John Hughes lovers come one and all to see something that will leave you feeling amazing and nostalgic. The executive producers Bradley Bredeweg and Kate Pazakis and the entire creative team have created something magical in this musical parody. Starring Jonah Platt(Criminal), Anna Grace Barlow(Princess), Max Ehrich(Athlete), Lana McKissack(Basket Case), Garrett Clayton(Brain), Damon Gravina(Janitor) and Jimmy Ray Bennett(Vernon).

When taking on iconic characters in a musical parody there might be those who are unsure of someone else taking on these characters. Let me put your mind at ease right now. This is not the movie on stage, but it is a new version of it. This show starts 10  years after the movie ended in a post apocalyptic era and your favorite brat pack is trapped in detention leaving them possibly the last people on earth and how they decide to walk back out into the world and be exactly who they want to be. The main purpose of this show is that you will leave feeling. Whether it be nostalgia, laughter, joy, tenderness, blushing, acceptance. It will make you feel!

When asked what her favorite quote/part of the movie, McKissack said, “I have an appreciation for the dance because we get to do it in the show. It’s iconic.” So if you had a question about if they’d still keep to certain moments from the movie itself you have the dance recreation to look forward to. Bennett has on a great level of make-up that he puts on himself each night to play zombie Vernon. “I had a great make up designer come in and show me what’s what. And then I did cats a long time ago. So I’m good at application.” Bennett said about his makeup process. Gravina talks about the changes that they went through from previews to opening. “We tighten things up, and we make things better, funnier, faster, you know like, distilled down into what really matters.” There’s a message that our Athlete has for all fans. “I just hope that you feel comfortable with yourself to like truly be authentic and express your true self and I think that’s what the show stands for.” Ehrich said when asked what message he wants those who come see the show to get out of it.

After a month of rehearsals and two weeks of previews we have arrived at opening night for this talented cast. The energy in the building last night was so electric from beginning to end. After the show Bredeweg couldn’t be more proud by the crowd’s reception. “When our audience is moved to raise their hands, stomp their feet, and cheer out loud. That’s our job right now – to move people, to provoke conversation about what really matters, to talk about the struggles we face as a community and as a nation, to take people away for two hours and fill them with joy and laughter and goosies. I couldn’t be more proud of this cast and crew.” Bredeweg stated in his social media.

You won’t be able to forget about this show. Join the brat pack with some great food, wine and interactive experience! Go to rockwell-la.com for ticket information.

Terrorist Threat Forces German Music Festival Goers to Vacate Premises

By: Kristina May Angeles

Over 80,000 festival goers were suddenly evacuated from the Rock am Ring festival in Germany Friday evening after police received a terrorist threat. Around 9pm festival organizer Marek Lieberberg alongside a German police officer got on the main stage and politely asked fans to begin making their way to the exits and camping grounds in a calm and orderly fashion.

The organizers released a statement on social media announcing that police advised them to clear the area due to “concrete leads” to a terrorist attack and reassuring fans that they will be updated on any developments. Fans remained calm while filing out of the Nürburgring stadium, even singing together as they left. Precautionary measures were already being taken in light of the Manchester bombing including increased police presence with 1,200 police officers at the scene and the banning of backpacks.

Police have yet to release any other information about the threats. Organizers hope the three-day festival can continue tomorrow stating “investigations are currently underway.”

Kathy Griffin Apologizes for Offensive Photoshoot, Calls Trump a Bully

By: Jeff Graham

Kathy Griffin’s press conference was tearful, regretful, but the comic came swinging. Her sentiment reflected an artist who knew she made a huge mistake, but who boldly maintained her position that this current administration is a dangerous, patriarchal, and bullying.

Here are some of the notable quotes from her statement.

  • “I’m not afraid of Donald Trump. He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole life, my whole career.”
  • “Sometimes when you do stand up, sometimes people want a joke that’s out there, and a little crazy. So regarding the image, that apology absolutely stands. I feel horrible.”
  • “I just wanted to say, if you don’t stand-up, you get run over. A sitting president of the United States, are personally trying to ruin my life forever.”
  • “This is America, you shouldn’t have to die for it. The death threats that I’m getting are constant, detailed, serious and specific. Today it’s me, and tomorrow it could be you.”
  • “I’m going to make fun of the president. In fact, I’m going to make fun of him more now! I’ve made fun of Clinton. There using me as the shiny object so that no one will talk about his FBI investigation.”
  • “I made a horrible, horrible mistake. It was a horrible call.”
  • “I’m not laying down for this guy.”

What’s your take? Let us know in the comments below.

New Trailer Released for Batman and Harley Quinn

By: Frank Alteri

Fans of the classic DC Animated Universe that spanned from 1992-2006 have been clamoring for a new chapter, or at least a film with the same animation.

DC has released a new trailer for the upcoming animated original movie Batman and Harley Quinn. This will be the first time in over a decade that DC has used the animation from the highly acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series.

While it is unclear whether this story will be a part of the classic DCAU cannon, the events in the film will revolve around Batman’s relationship with Harley, while having to team up with Nightwing in the process.

This animated adventure features the return of the original Batman and Nightwing from BTAS. Kevin Conroy will once again play the Dark Knight, and Loren Lester will finally make his highly anticipated homecoming as Dick Grayson.

Batman and Harley Quinn will be released August 15 on Digital HD, and August 29 on Blu-Ray and Ultra HD.

Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie Boosts ‘Kinky Boots’ Ticket Sales

By: Taylor Gates

Panic! At The Theatre.

Brendon Urie—frontman for rock band Panic! At the Disco—begin his ten-week run in the Broadway dramedy “Kinky Boots” this past weekend and managed to help boost the show’s ticket sales by a whopping 40%. “Kinky Boots,” which won a Best Musical Tony in 2013, is about a young man who forms an unlikely partnership with a drag queen in order to produce a line of high-heeled boots and save his family’s shoe business.

Harvey Fierstein wrote the book while Cyndi Lauper was in charge of the music and lyrics. Urie is not the first case of star-power jolting popularity on the Great White Way. “Waitress” has recently experienced a jump since Sara Bareilles joined the cast, and “American Idiot” sales increased every time Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong stepped into the show.

Several other musicals reported gains over Memorial Day weekend as well, including newcomers “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Come From Away.” Tony favorites “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” and “Hello, Dolly!” also continued strong.

Kristen Stewart Changes the Game in Dress Code

By: Lanisha Fisher

For years, women have been told how to dress at certain events and for years women have followed the dress code. However, Kristen Stewart has had enough and is ready to make a change.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, she is arguing that, if men aren’t required to wear heels, than women shouldn’t be required to wear heels, either. “People get very upset if you don’t wear heels, but I feel that you can’t ask people that any more. It’s just a given. If you’re not asking guys to wear heels and a dress, you can’t ask me either.” Audiences that have seen Kristen’s video on twitter are debating back and forth on the new change Stewert has set. @Julio_1111 tweets “I mean, yes men aren’t asked to wear a dress n heels. But they are asked to wear a tux or gala suit. So no dress code for a gala then huh?”

Someone was able to jump in and defend Kristen Stewart’s point of view. @artpop_stew tweeted back to @Julio_1111 and argued, “I would love for you to wear a dress and high heels for the one whole night and then tell me that it’s the same like wearing a tuxedo…”

Whether people like it or not, the industry is changing and Kristen Stewart is taking the lead. Who’s next to change up the game?

Luke Pell NOT Headed To Paradise

By: Jeff Graham

Bachelor hottie Luke Pell made waves during his stint on Jojo’s season of ABC’s hit show The Bachelorette. Many fans were shocked when he wasn’t selected as the follow up Bachelor, instead opening the door for Nick Viall to run the show.

Since then, fans have eagerly hoped that he may join the cast Bachelor in Paradise, but alas, he officially will not be joining the wild show.

“For me, it’s actually something I’m not interested in right now,” he shared in a sneak peek obtained exclusively by E! News. “Obviously, that’s been on the table for a lot of folks that are alumni for at least the last couple of seasons. Just for me, after some discussions, it just didn’t feel right for me.”

Whether or not Pell will join other iterations of the popular franchise remains to be seen. For now, you can check out his music at https://www.lukepell.com/.

‘Hannibal’ Season 4 May Be Back on the Table

By: Briana Phipps

Of all the heartbreaking TV cancellations of 2015, Hannibal was perhaps the most devastating for its hardcore group of dedicated fans. Now though, it sounds like showrunner Bryan Fuller may have put a Season 4 back on the table.

After NBC broke the news that Hannibal would end after its third season, the cast and writers seemed optimistic that they could possibly shop the show elsewhere. In this time of Netflix and Hulu, cancellations sometimes just means it’s time to find a new home for the show, like in the case of The Mindy Project or Nashville.

In the past two years though, there’s been no news that Fuller has successfully pitched the show to any networks. He has, however, pitched it to Hannibal’s leading men, Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelson.

Fuller recently revealed to the podcast Post Mortem with Mick Garris that he’s had talks with both stars as well as the show’s former executive producer Martha De Laurentiis about a potential Season 4. “I have conversations with Martha De Laurentiis… I have conversations with Mads and Hugh. We’re are all excited about the prospect of returning to the story. There’s some hurdles to get through… [But] I just had a great idea for Season 4. There’s an interesting next chapter in the relationship between Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter that would be fascinating to unpack. I’ve shared it with the gentlemen and they’re both keen on it.”

De Laurentiis now heads up Fuller’s American Gods on Starz, which would be an ideal destination for a gory, mind-melding show like Hannibal.

For now, we’ll all have to sit on our hands while Fuller and De Laurentiis try to make it work, but if there was ever a show that could rise from the dead after years in limbo, it’s Hannibal.

Ellen Outs Nicki Minaj and Nas Relationship R&B’s

By: Taylor Fisher

#1 Barbie Nicki Minaj, was interviewed on popular talk show Ellen where she had to answer some questions that had the audience intrigued. According to Essence, after breaking up with boyfriend Meek Mill in January, Minaj admits she wanted to take things slow with any feature beau by making a vow to be celibate even with Nas.

In the interview, Ellen started off talking about Nicki’s outfit at the Paris Fashion Show. Nicki was wearing a very sexy dress that revealed her left boob with a metal pasty on her nipple. Ellen complimented Nicki’s breast giving her a open opportunity to talk about a very hot topic, Nicki Minaj and Nas Dating Rummors. “I am an equal boob opportunist” says Nicki Minaj, “I love them both.”. Ellen responds by asking, “Does Nas like both of them the same as well?” As shocking as this question came across to Nicki, she was not afraid to give the Ellen the tea.

She revealed that she respects Nas as a Rap Legend and she also reveals that she does in fact have “sleepovers” with him, but they have not done the nasty. After Nicki and Ellen’s humorours conversation, Ellen finally wraps up the topic by asking Nicki Minaj to tell Nas that she said hi. Fans are wishing Nicki Minaj nothing, but happiness for her and her future relationships.

Sarah Hyland Combats Body Shaming

By: Jeff Graham

Sarah Hyland recently posted a photo on her Instagram promoting her boyfriend Dominic Sherwood’s new anti-bullying campaign apparel. Commenters instantly noticed that Hyland look suspiciously skinny in the photo, calling her out for promoting negative body image.  Take a look at the post below:

Hyland took to twitter and immediately clapped back at the haters. In two separate posts, she offered the following message:

“I’d like to address something that has not only been brought up on Twitter but has been heavily discussed by all of you in my Instagram comments. That something is my weight. I normally don’t comment on things like this because it draws attention to those trying to spread negativity but I’m here to explain a few things and spread love. Here goes…I haven’t had the greatest year. Maybe one day I’ll talk about it but for now, I’d like my privacy. I will say this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes.”

She went on, “I have been told I can’t work out. Which, for me, is very upsetting. I am an activist for activity (and for eating junk food in bed but it’s all about balance right?). I love to be outdoors. I love to be strong. (I’ll be using that word a lot). Strength is everything. Being strong has gotten me where I am. Both mentally and physically. I am not a fan of ‘being skinny’ which many of you have told me that I am too much of. ‘Eat a burger, your head is bigger than your body and that’s disgusting’ and you’re right! I should eat a burger! Cause they’re f–king delicious! But guess what. I do And again, you’re right. No one’s head should be bigger than their body but considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like.”

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

Alexandra Billings: Larry Kramer Asked Me Not to Walk in the AIDS Marches

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By: Jeffrey Masters

In an interview with the podcast, LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters, Alexandra Billings (Transparent) talks about Larry Kramer asking her not to participate in the AIDS marches, meeting Sylvia Rivera, and what it was like when her best friend died of AIDS. 

The full interview is available on iTunes and YouTube.

LGBTQ&A with Jeffrey Masters is an interview series that documents the stories of the LGBTQ community. Previous guests include Asia Kate Dillon, Ross Mathews, Trixie Mattel, Laura Jane Grace, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Peter Paige, Cleve Jones, and Shane Ortega.

Alexandra Billings says Larry Kramer asked her not to march in the AIDS Marches:

“The movement included us, it just did not bring us out. And I asked him [Larry Kramer] once about Act Up. This was when Act Up was new and just bring birthed. And I said, “I really wanna march. I really wanna be in the front lines with you.” He said, “Alex, you can’t do that.” I said, “Why?” He said, “Because they won’t take us seriously.” I said, “I don’t understand what you’re saying.”

It was the same thing that happened in the feminist movement. They didn’t want lesbians in the feminist movement. They wanted housewives in skirts. You know what I’m saying? So the general populist could go, “Oh, they deserve to have equal rights. That makes sense.” But they didn’t want militant revolutionaries in their movement. God forbid.”

Alexandra Billings talks about marching anyways and meeting Sylvia Rivera:

“I did [march]. And funnily, I was one of the few that when we began to picket the bathhouses, and take it to the mayor, and finally, try to get President Reagan to open his eyes, I was with my sisters with our signs. We were in the streets. You have to remember from Stonewall, all the trans people in Stonewall kinda bled over. Sylvia was still speaking. I met Sylvia a couple of times. I did not know them, but I knew of them.”

Alexandra Billings watched her best friend die of AIDS:

“Everyone we knew was dying in the most horrible, unimaginable ways. I see horror films now; they don’t compare with what I saw in the ’80s. I sewed up my best friend in her best sheet when she died, her body because her parents wouldn’t take her. None of her family would take her and hospitals wouldn’t take her. They wouldn’t bury her in a cemetery because she had this disease and we left her body in the ER at the Cook County hospital. Left it there.”

Alexandra Billings’ response when people say they don’t see her transness:

“People say, when they talk to me, “I don’t see your transness.” And I always say, “If you don’t see my color and you don’t see my transness, then you don’t see me.” You see an idea of me. You see the thing through your lens that you want to project onto me and that has nothing to do with me. I then disappear.”

The full interview with Alexandra Billings is available on iTunes here: apple.co/2cmbiLy

Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel Reunite for Magical ‘High School Musical’ Duet


By: Taylor Gates

As Sharpay would say, this news is simply fabulous!

Ashley Tisdale, who played the glamorous diva, and Lucas Grabeel, who played her hat-loving twin Ryan, reunited ten years after the release of the first “High School Musical” movie to sing a rendition of “What I’ve Been Looking For” that Grabeel arranged himself.

Before the song, they also shared some favorite memories of their Disney Channel days, including going on tour. Grabeel even wore the ring that costar Corbin Bleu gave him as a “High School Musical 2” wrap present to the duet.

Tisdale and Grabeel even dished that, although they weren’t the closest of friends back then, over the years they have grown to love each other and create a sibling-like bond. Since appearing in the massively popular “High School Musical” franchise, both have gone on to have successful careers in the industry.

Grabeel served as a series regular in Freeform’s “Switched at Birth” and Tisdale voiced the character of Candace in “Phineas and Ferb.”

Do you find their duet swoon-worthy? Tell us below in the comments!

James Corden pays Tribute to Manchester

By: Lanisha Fisher

During James Corden’s taping of “The Late Late Show” there was a bomb attack in London Manchester at a Ariana Grande concert. After the taping James Corden received the news and decided to pay tribute to Manchester.

Police have reported that 19 audience members were dead and that there were several audience members that were injured. Corden makes another recording, with no audience, to add on to the show paying tribute to Manchester. He tells all the viewers how amazing the place is and all the great qualities it is known for. “It’s a place full of comedy, and curries and character.” he continues by saying, “But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there.” Thoughts and prayers goes out to all the innocent lives that were there at the concert and to Ariana Grande who took the time to tweet to her fans, “broken. from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. i don’t have any words.” James Corden wraps up his speech by saying, “We’ll all go to bed holding our little ones a little tighter this evening”.

Hopefully this tragic event will make Manchester even stronger.

Jennifer Finney Boylan: ‘There’s Nothing More Radical Than Raising a Family’ | LGBTQ&A

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By: Jeffrey Masters

In an interview with the podcast, LGBTQ&A, Jennifer Finney Boylan (author and transgender activist) talks about how the public perception of transgender people has changed over the last 15 years, why that increase in visibility has also created more political opposition, and she explains why she is no longer interested in defending her humanity. 

The full interview with LGBTQ&A is available on iTunes and YouTube.

LGBTQ&A is an interview series hosted by Jeffrey Masters. Previous guests include Asia Kate Dillon, Ross Mathews, Trixie Mattel, Laura Jane Grace, Peter Paige, Cleve Jones, and Shane Ortega.

Jennifer Finney Boylan talks about how the public’s understanding of transgender people has changed over the last 15 years:

When I came out as trans, I really had to explain to people what I was talking about. I remember people saying, “So, wait. Transgender…does that mean that you’re super gay?” Which I used to get to get all cross and angry, but now I’m like, “Yes. I’m super gay. I have super powers.”

I did feel this compulsion, or this obligation I should say, to explain, to bring in, and, to some degree, to defend. That was 15 years ago and now my experience is very different. When I speak to people, they are often very familiar with transgender issues. Even the most uninformed audience still has a vague sense of what transgender might mean.

Boylan says that with more visibility in the transgender community, there has been an increase in opposition, most of which falls upon people of color. 

The blowback generally doesn’t fall upon me, on white ladies of privilege from New England. The blowback falls on people of color, women of color, particularly in the transgender community, and not only, but particularly people who are doing sex work, some people who want to do sex work and others who have to because that’s the only way to keep the lights on while you’re trying to figure out what to do with your life…how to get from where you are to where you want to be. And it costs a lot of people their lives.

Boylan says in spite of our differences, people must still be treated with kindness:

When I speak to people now, I want people to know as much as they can about the community, but the most important thing that they need to know is maybe not the differences between all of us, but the fact that the main thing you can do is to open your heart, just open your heart. And if you don’t know the difference between someone who’s identifying as a crossdresser and someone who’s identifying as a transsexual woman, if you don’t know the difference between those two things, that’s still OK. What matters more is that you approach them with love and kindness and curiosity, and a deep dive into their sexual and gender identities might not even be the first thing out of your mouth.

Boylan says that the most radical thing she’s done is raise a family:

I have raised two sons in rural Maine in a conservative town, I have been married now for almost 30 years to the same woman, 12 years as husband and wife and almost 18 years as wife and wife, and I think it some ways, there’s nothing more radical than raising a family. Going in and doing your work, it’s the showing rather than the telling.

Boylan says she is no longer interested in defending her humanity against critics of transgender people: 

And people will ask me to provide the defense, to provide the counter, and you know what my counter is? My counter is: look at me. Look at my life. You wanna know how I refute you? I refute you by living every day according to what’s in my heart and to the stars by which I pilot my boat, and I’m not here to have an argument about my own humanity. I’m not here to even participate in an argument about my humanity, which I might actually win or lose. Right?

Nobody should have to take part in a conversation in which their sense of self is something that they have to defend, and that’s if you’re nonbinary or binary or mortal or immortal. People should get to be themselves, period.

Click here to listen to the full podcast with Jennifer Finney Boylan and Jeffrey Masters on iTunes or watch on Youtube:

Lilian Garcia Talks Bulimia and her First WWE Experiences

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By: Ashley Daniels
Lilian Garcia opened up on AfterBuzz TV’s  Lilian GarciaMaking Their Way to the Ring 
about her struggle with bulimia, the first time she announced for the WWE, her earliest wrestling memory, The Strudel being born during her interview with The Rock, her emotional response to a Hall of Fame induction question by a fan and so much more!
 

Link to interview on AfterBuzz TV’s YouTube:

https://youtu.be/SLu5QpIpeqY

LILIAN GETS EMOTIONAL ANSWERING FAN QUESTION ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A FUTURE HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
 

“Why that makes me cry? Seriously guys, if I ever got that call I don’t even know how I can contain myself. Like it would mean that much to me. Like this business is something I absolutely love. It is my attachment to my Dad for sure and it’s just something that has been so, the journey is so incredible and all I ever wanted to do was do my best, you know? And just really go out there and make the stars shine with the announcement. I mean I think the announcing is so important, it sets up the whole thing, it really does. And to have, let me just tell ya, I feel like in ways that I’ve already won because of so many fans that have tweeted me and have sent messages. You even saying, you know it’s gonna happen, no, I can’t even…because there’s so many amazing people that have been inducted. But the fans already saying this, you saying that, that to me-WOW! That already has already meant so much to me.”

 

OPENS UP ABOUT HER BATTLE WITH BULIMIA & WHY SHE DIDN’T FEEL COMFORTABLE IN A SWIMSUIT DURING WWE SWIMSUIT COMPETITION

“So what happened was they wanted me to be in
a swimsuit competition the next, I don’t know if it was a few weeks later or whatever. I had never done a swimsuit competition…In the pageants I had; however, it was a long time I’ve been in the pageants. I also had since the pageants I had suffered from bulimia.

I became very self conscious with my body and the thought of parading my body in the middle of a ring for you know, people to look at was mortifying to me. I also though when I told WWE that I didn’t feel comfortable about this and I mean I was really freaking out, I was in tears. I couldn’t even explain to them why because I hadn’t really come free and out in the open saying I had suffered from bulimia, I have body issues and so this is a really horrible thing for me to put myself in. I just-I’m gonna, I’ll break down right in the middle of the ring, I will I just know it. I had total respect for anyone who wants to do it, like I don’t care, you know if that’s what you wanna do, but for me, my personal thing…I struggled, the worst part about it I think was probably three years and then I finally got help. I threw up 15 times in one day…I drove around to different-McDonalds and then I’d go over to 7-Eleven and I’d throw up there. And I was just really going through a lot and in my life,

I just remember feeling like I had no control. I was in college actually, I remember I was in college during this time…You know how I became-I just remembered now. I never had a weight issue at all growing up, but here’s the thing. I never had a weight issue, I hit college and all of the sudden my metabolism changed and now all of a sudden I’m gaining weight and I don’t know how to deal with it. And so that was the time where it just became popular to do that so I started doing that. And then it became-I lost control, I thought I was in control, I lost control. Plus that was before you knew it was bad for this, bad for that, all of a sudden my teeth are turning grey. It was just crazy…So anyway, that was the day I threw up blood actually and that’s when I said ‘I gotta get help’. So I went and got help and thank God for the guy, he was pretty fast at helping me out, patient, but it still lingers with me throughout the years and when I say linger, you will have an episode. It triggers, you throw up and then you go ‘ugh’ and then you’re like stay clean for a while and then you’ll have an episode and that went on for a few years.”

 
THE STRUDEL WAS BORN DURING HER INTERVIEW WITH THE ROCK
“I did backstage interviews on Smackdown which is why The Rock and I had a lot of great backstage interviews because we were doing them on RAW and there was a whole chemistry there or whatever, which was cool that the writers saw that and went with that. Could you imagine if he becomes president, people are gonna start looking, The Strudel was born during my interview, oh my God! If you Google the Lilian Garcia interview, that’s like the first one you see.”


FIRST TIME ANNOUNCING FOR THE WWE
https://youtu.be/SLu5QpIpeqY?t=1h36m
Twenty minutes
before I’m going live they told me I cannot use cue cardsI had it written out because Tony Chimel helped me that afternoon and I had it written out. Thank God for photographic memory, because what I did then right before I went up-I literally, I’ve never been at a point where I thought I was gonna get so sick that I was about, I literally when he told me no cue cards twenty minutes, before I’m going to go live and I’m already irate. And I was like, ‘bad time for a joke’. And they’re like ‘no, no, no Kevin Dunn does not like, this is not boxing, you can’t.’ But I’m like, ‘But I don’t know anybody here and now I gotta know their weights, and their towns, what type of match it is, and if they hold the title…I literally wanted to run ten minutes before we were going live, I wanted to run. I saw myself literally getting up and bolting outta there.”
WWE OFFERED LILIAN A YEAR’S CONTRACT A WEEK AFTER SHE STARTED
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“They actually offered me the job the week after which was amazing. They offered me a year’s contract the week after. But I told them, I said, ‘Look, I really want-I don’t feel like, I’m just so green and I want to know what the road is going to feel like. So let me if you don’t mind, let’s stay with the trial basis and let me see’ and as you know, I ended up signing.”LILIAN REVEALS 1ST WRESTLING MEMORY SEEING ANDRE THE GIANT
“I remember my dad surprised me with tickets to township auditorium in South Carolina, in Columbia,
and so we went and I saw André the Giant. I get to say that I was there live when André the Giant performed and I just remember being this little girl just like ‘Aaaaahhh’ and just loved it! That was a special Dad and I time. My sister and my mom did not like it, they didn’t get it, just totally didn’t get it. So they would be in the other room watching movies and stuff and Dad and I, I remember just screaming at the TV. You know, I loved it. I really got suckered into it.
About AfterBuzz TV’s Lilian Garcia: Making Their Way To The Ring:
For 15 years, Lilian Garcia worked with some of the best athletes in the world, the WWE Superstars. They put their bodies on the line 300+ days a year to entertain us. She loves and respects them so much, yet… she realized she didn’t know anything about them, their lives and the obstacles they broke through to get into professional wrestling! AfterBuzz TV’s Lilian Garcia: Making Their Way To The Ring is a platform for Superstars, past, present and future, to share their story and the journey of what it takes to be a Superstar in this business. The conversations will be Real, Raw and Inspiring; offering the viewer a genuine connection to the person behind the performer. AfterBuzz TV’s Lilian Garcia: Making Their Way To The Ring will leave you cheering and rooting for that star’s life and dreams!
 
About AfterBuzz TV:
With nearly 30 million weekly downloads from over 200 countries, AfterBuzz TV is an online broadcast network created by E! host Maria Menounos and producer Keven Undergaro. Nicknamed the ‘after show’ network, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to AfterBuzzTV.com to watch or listen to a post-game ‘after show’ for that series. On each AfterBuzz TV after show an eclectic and knowledgeable mix of celebrities, personalities and industry professionals break down that night’s episode, take calls from fans and interview guests. The network produces over 100 after shows per week.
 

To see other AfterBuzz TV celebrity interviews and content, visit

https://www.AfterBuzzTV.com

‘Smackdown’ Gets Lit on Tue, May 17

By: Christian Rosenberg
Smackdown had a very exciting episode on Tue, May 17, and Afterbuzz TV aftershow hosts: Christian Rosenberg, Tom Connolly, and Scott Narver have all of the exclusive coverage. They even featured special guest Jeff Hawkins. Very exciting indeed.
On the final stop before WWE Backlash, SmackdownLive gave Manchester New Hampshire a hard hitting go home show!  This show had everything from a brawl between Randy Orton and Baron Corbin, a thrilling first time ever match pitting AJ Styles vs Jinder Mahal and an outstanding match between Naomi and Carmella!  All of this plus the debut of the Kevin Owens Highlight reel, another installment of the Fashion Files and so much more!
Hear everything about this weeks SmackdownLive broken down on AfterBuzzTV with hosts Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver, Tom Connolly and special guest Jeff Hawkins! Make sure you never miss a week of coverage. You can catch Smackdown’s aftershow every Tuesday @ 9pm, only on AfterbuzzTV. Get lit!

‘Screams Queens’ Will Not Return For a Third Season

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By: Oliver Drennan

It seems that Ryan Murphy’s comedic horror series won’t be getting another sequel anytime soon.

Despite critics believing season two of Scream Queens to be stronger than its predecessor, ratings did happen to decline compared to its first season.

Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman went on to say, “Scream Queens was an anthological series. It feels as if it was a complete story. We have no plans at this point to go back there and tell more stories so we won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”

Scream Queens starred an ensemble cast from Halloween legend Jamie Lee Curtis to Glee star Lea Michele. Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Abigail Breslin, and Keke Palmer rounded out the remainder of the cast, so it’s unfortunate to know this femme fatale will be disbanding from Fox.

Are you sad to see Scream Queens go so soon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Dove Cameron and Corbin Bleu Cast in Hollywood Bowl’s ‘Mamma Mia’

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By: Taylor Gates

Hollywood is taking a chance on Dove Cameron and Corbin Bleu! The two young stars have recently been cast as Sophie and Sky in the Hollywood Bowl’s production of “Mamma Mia!”

They will join Lea DeLaria, Jennifer Nettles, and Jamie Camil in late July. Cameron and Bleu both have Disney Channel roots, Cameron having played both titular characters in “Liv and Maddie” and Bleu starring as Chad Danforth in the wildly popular “High School Musical” franchise.

Cameron has most recently appeared as Amber Von Tussle in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” and Mal in Disney’s “Descendants.” Bleu has kept busy on Broadway, playing Ted Hanover in “Holiday Inn.” He also appeared in a special musical episode of Freeform’s “The Fosters” last spring.

The Hollywood Bowl is an outdoor amphitheater in Southern California, its seating capacity a whopping 17,500. In the past, the super-sized venue has been home to productions such as “West Side Story” and “A Chorus Line.” In addition to “Mamma Mia,” upcoming shows include “La La Land” and “Harry Potter” in concert.

‘Timeless’ Scores Season 2 Order at NBC After Cancellation

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By: Briana Phipps

Timeless” has been renewed for a second season at NBC just days after the network canceled the drama series.

Executive producer Eric Kripke shared the news with fans on Twitter, writing, “The #TimeTeam went back 3 days, and changed history. @nbc picked us up for 10 episodes. Seriously. Airs next summer.” However, Kripke followed that tweet up with another noting that the summer air date is not yet final, but a new season of the show will air in 2018.

The series stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit. Shawn Ryan and Kripke are the co-showrunners, writers and executive producers. John Davis, John Fox and Marney Hochman also executive produce. “Timeless” is a production of Sony Pictures Television, Davis Entertainment, MiddKid Productions and Kripke Enterprises.

The network recently canceled freshman shows “The Blacklist: Redemption,” “Emerald City,” and “Powerless.” Thus far, NBC has also renewed “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Blacklist,” “Blindspot,” “Taken,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” “Shades of Blue,” “Superstore,” “This Is Us” (for two seasons), “Great News,”  and “The Good Place.”

On the pilot side, NBC has ordered single-camera comedy “Champions” from Mindy Kaling and Charlie Grandy, “A.P. Bio” from Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers, “Rise” from Jason Katims, virtual reality thriller “Reverie,” and military drama “The Brave” (formerly “For God and Country”).

All of the new shows NBC has ordered this season hail from Universal Television.

Jeff Byrd Appears On ‘Rebel’ Aftershow

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By: Lynneisha Charles

Director Jeff Bryd made another appearance on Afterbuzz TV, this time for the show Rebel. Since this was Jeff’s second appearance on the show, he was able to participate more on the discussion of the episode. So much so that he appointed himself as the lead host of the show, jokingly saying “I’m just here to give you some guidance, I’m trying to set a path”.

Jeff also had interesting questions for the panel, which includes Ava Hill, Lynneisha Charles, TK Trinidad and DeAnJilo Platt. Asking them how they would have handled a certain situation that involved two characters of the show. Later giving his own perspective of the situation, and grilling the ladies about their response to the issue.

Since he has directed certain episodes of this season of Rebel, Jeff was able to give insight about the characters and the actors that portray them. Also giving the panel and exclusive behind the scenes scoop about a dramatic car accident that was all shot in studio. The panel was wowed, because watching that scene one could not tell that was in a studio. The host of the show and Jeff Byrd had a great chemistry and dichotomy during this episode of the Rebel aftershow.

Make sure to tune in every Thursday at 7pm pt to catch Afterbuzz TV’s Rebel show and catch up on past episodes on YouTube.

Host and Comedian Tory Shulman Featured On AfterbuzzTV’s Spotlight On

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By: Sam Davidson

Host and Comedian Tory Shulman Featured On AfterbuzzTV’s Spotlight On AfterbuzzTV host Sam Davidson had the pleasure of sitting down with host and standup comedian Tory Shulman on Friday May 12th. Originally from Washington DC, Shulman had the performance bug for as long as she can remember, and is now one of Hollywood’s biggest up and coming on air hosts. The two discussed how Shulman broke into the business in New York by taking classes at the infamous Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), and then later moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in hosting and comedy.

Shulman has some pretty nifty tips up her sleeve, and no, we are not just talking about her hilariously helpful show called “Hack Of All Trades.” While speaking with Davidson, she gave advice to millennial content creators including being specific, using SEO and keywords, constantly putting yourself out there keeping up with your relationships in the entertainment industry.

Additionally, Shulman discussed the anxieties of auditioning and making a name for yourself, while also being kind and true to who you are. You can currently see Tory on Fox 11, Sam In The Morning, and Hack Of All Trades. Check out all of her projects and appearances on her website ToryShulman.com and click on the link below to watch the full interview!

Freeform’s Hit Show “Baby Daddy” Cancelled After 6 Seasons

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By: Dakota T. Jones

On Friday, May 12th, actor Derek Theler took to Snapchat to sadly announce that “Baby Daddy” is officially coming to a close. He posted four videos around 8pm PST to let all of his fans know. He says, “I wanted to let you know “Baby Daddy” has been officially cancelled. It’s a very sad day. We’ve got two more episodes to air & that’s it. The show is done. It’s crazy. We’re all shocked. Trying to stay positive & I’ve talked to all my castmates. Bummer, dude.”

The news comes as a shock to all “Baby Daddy” fans as it is one of the most successful sitcoms on Freeform. Now the only comedy Freeform has left is “Young & Hungry” which still hasn’t been confirmed for a season six. None of Theler’s other castmates have commented on the show being cancelled yet, but he seemed pretty convinced. Freeform hasn’t released any statements yet, but we are sure to get one soon. Fans suspected things might be coming to a close after the whole cast was seen getting matching commemorative tattoos in honor of the show.

After six wonderful seasons & over 100 episodes, “Baby Daddy” has by far been one of Freeform’s biggest hits. Fans are sad & some even think it might be a prank. Theler admitted that he was shocked, but is thankful for everyone who has watched the show over the years. Even though it may be over, we are sure to be blessed with reruns & can binge all the seasons on Netflix & the Freeform App. It’s been a good run & brought smiles & laughter to countless viewers. It’s sure to hold a special place in people’s hearts.

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‘Hollywood Medium’ Tyler Henry Tried to Warn Alan Thicke Before His Death

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By: Taylor Jackson

In December 2016 the 69 year old beloved actor Alan Thicke passed away shocking  family, friends ,and fans.

A month before his passing we know he received warning about his well being before his passing.

In September 2016, Thicke sat down with “ Hollywood medium” Tyler Henry for a reading and was told that he should go get his heart checked out.

During Thicke reading a loved one came through that had passed away from a heart condition said “Alan, you need to get your heart checked out. Don’t be stubborn like me.”He was a doubter and ultimately leads to his death a month later.

After his passing, They were not going to air Henry reading with “ growing pain” star Alan Thicke for respect out of his family ,but the family gave their blessing for him to air it. Thicke wife really wanted it to air to show to honor to Thicke’s life.

The show does not focus on his passing but shows the amazing and incredible man he was.

The new season of “Hollywood Medium” with Tyler Henry starts May 17th on E!

Christopher Daniels Special Guest on AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360

 

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By: TK Trinidad

LOS ANGELES, CA – ROH World Champion, Christopher Daniels is the special guest on AfterBuzz TV‘s X-Pac 12360 this week with Sean Waltman answering whether he thinks “The Rock” will make a good president.

Stream it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/DOTk_mIOCoo or download the podcast version on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below.

X-Pac talks to Christopher Daniels about his journey to being the ROH World Champion. 

Luke Perry backstage at APW Cow Palace show  

“Jungle Boy, Luke Perry’s son, he wrestles as Jungle Boy he was there. Luke Perry came into the dressing room and came up to Cody Rhodes and was just really excited to see Cody because Luke Perry and Dusty were close, Dusty Rhodes. And Luke Perry actually said that like one of the greatest things about his celebrity was that Dusty Rhodes knew who he was, he was such a mark for Dusty.”

Bound For Glory Ultimate X Match Chris Daniels Almost Dies 

“An idea that we had that we never used because they (TNA) changed the setup of the Ultimate X. The one that we did in San Diego (TNA Bond For Glory 2009)… There was an Ultimate X, it was Me, Frankie Kazarian as Suicide, Amazing Red, Homicide, and the Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelly and Chris Sabin) and the original idea we had for the finish was, Frankie and I were going to climb opposite trusses… that was the first time they (TNA) had done trusses. Usually, there was no sort of ceiling on top of the cables. They did that for a while because they couldn’t fascine the trusses to the ground in southern California. So the original finish for this match was going to be both of us diving from opposite deals. Frankie was going to dive first and he was going to land, and as soon as he landed I was going to dive and land on top of him, basically stacked on the middle of the X. We were going to fight to a position to where we were basically standing on the cables. I was going to hook him like I was going to Angels Wings (Daniels’ Finishing Move) him and then he was going to backdrop me…  From there, I was going to take a backdrop from the middle of the X and land on my back in the ring, and then he (Frankie) was going to fall and then whoever was going to win was gonna finish… Instead, we decided we were going to fight I was basically going to try and do a Flat liner, which was something I did, but because my legs got hooked up (in the trusses) instead of falling flat back, my legs got hooked and basically, I almost fell head first… When you look up Chris Daniels almost dies that’s the clip that comes up… I went backstage and Samoa Joe goes, ’Don’t you ever do that again!’ at the top of his lungs. I thought he was going to kill me there for almost dying.”

Thanking Vince Russo 

“You know what I’ll clear the air on something, Vince Russo has said I don’t thank him for the things that he did for me, and I’m like, Okay, that’s fair. So, Vince thank you for trying to book me in that angle with Sting. I really appreciated that. Thank you for putting me together with Low-Ki and Elix Skipper, that was great. And thank you very much for talking them (TNA) into booking myself, and AJ Styles in the main event instead of Travis Tomko and AJ Styles in the main event … So those were things that Vince Russo did for me.”

How to get Ring of Honor to reach a mainstream audience 

“I don’t know if it’s a channel that is the answer for Ring of Honor because in this day and age, especially with the network, I wonder if it’s an app that is the answer for Ring of Honor. … We’re doing this stuff with FightTV now where you can watch our (ROH) Television show on the FightTV app. We air syndicated FridaySaturday, Sunday so that Monday on the FightTV app you can watch our show… We absolutely do need television and I think that we’re looking into stuff like Comet. The Comet channel is something that we’re doing now. We recognize that that is a very niche audience and even the Comet guys, the people that watch Comet, don’t necessarily want wrestling because it’s a science fiction deal. They’re looking into another channel that is more action movies style. And that is what Ring of Honor is hopefully going to get on. And hopefully, too there has always been talk of us growing into a two-hour show I hope that’s the case. These are all things we are talking about behind the scenes. Not me personally… “

 Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

About The Show: Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, and Co-founder of AfterBuzz TV Keven Undergaro are teaming up together to bring a podcast with a full circle look at life from outside the squared circle. PodcastOne presents X-Pac 12360. X-Pac has many stories to tell that may help listeners relate, inspire them in their own lives, or just be entertained. And of course, there will be guests. So plan on seeing his group of usual suspects along with a mix of wrestlers, celebrities, and comedians. X-Pac has known and shared many road trips, locker rooms, and life moments with these guests. Where these conversations will go? No one knows, but we do know they will be entertaining.

With X-Pac, guests are just friends hanging out having a chat about old times and new frontiers. Listening to these conversations will make you feel like you are a fly on the locker room, green room, or bar wall.

ABOUT AFTERBUZZ TV: With nearly 30 million weekly downloads from over 200 countries, AfterBuzz TV is an online broadcast network created by E! host Maria Menounos and producer Keven Undergaro. Nicknamed the ‘after show’ network, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to AfterBuzzTV.com to watch or listen to a post-game ‘after show’ for that series. On each AfterBuzz TV after show an eclectic and knowledgeable mix of celebrities, personalities and industry professionals break down that night’s episode, take calls from fans and interview guests. The network produces over 100 after shows per week.

‘Modern Family’ Gets Two More Years!

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By: Caroline Hartshorn

After 8 seasons Modern Family isn’t slowing down. ABC just renewed the blended family comedy for 2 more seasons.

Producing Studio 20th Century Fox TV closed the deal for the six main actors on the show for the next 2 seasons. Julie Bowen, Ed O’Neil, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Sofia Vergara will receive a salary increase from 350,000 during the current 8th season to 500,000 per show in the next two seasons. New contracts with the younger cast are still in negotiation.

Coming to this conclusion on the series involved creating a license-fee pact with ABC. The network doesn’t own “Modern Family” and thus does not benefit from the series off-network deals and international sales, according to Deadline. The show, created and executively produced by Christopher Lloyd and Steve Levitan, is the highest-rated comedy on ABC and the second highest-rated comedy series in the 18-49 demographic.

The season 8 finale airs May 17th.

Abby Lee Miller Gets Booked

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By: Jeff Graham

As of late, Dance Moms, Abby Lee Miller has been making press less for her aggressive instruction of America’s youth and more for her headline-making tax scandals. On May 8, 2017, Miller was sentenced to one year and a day in prison, followed by two years of supervised release.

Regarding the sentence, Miller offered. “I feel relieved. I feel peaceful.”

“It sounds like a movie title,” she said of the one year and one day sentence. In terms of what can be learned from the ordeal, Miller hope, “To be a smarter businesswoman, and also, to worry about myself. I have spent so much time and so much energy making other people’s children stars. I didn’t have any children of my own. These were my kids, and raised them like they were my kids. I wasn’t ever trying to hurt anyone.”

How will Miller cope with the brink? According to her, “I’m just going to pretend we’re shooting a movie, and I’m on set, and that’s why we’re there.”

Jennifer Morrison Will Not Return to Season 7

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By: Jeff Graham

Are we saying goodbye to Emma Swan? Jennifer Morrison, star of Once Upon a Time has been confirmed that she will be leaving the series and will not be returning for Season 7 that has been renewed. Morrison has been the main star from the very beginning of Once Upon a Time as the Savior, Emma Swan. According to Variety, the writing staff wanted to take the show in a new direction. Jennifer Morrison wrote a post on Instagram saying, “As I reached the end of my 6 year contract on ONCE UPON A TIME, I was faced with a significant decision. ABC, Eddy Kitsis, and Adam Horowitz very generously invited me to continue as a series regular.

After very careful consideration, I have decided that creatively and personally, it is time for me to move on. Emma Swan is one my favorite characters that I have ever played. My 6 years on ONCE UPON A TIME has changed my life in the most beautiful ways.” Fans have responded in multiple ways, some were happy and some were disappointed to see the star leave the show. @_x_alexia_x_ says “Worst news I’ve heard in a long time! Tears are coming to my eyes! The show you stared in has made such a huge impact on my life, I will miss you being there every Sunday, but I am happy for you!”

The series co-creators and showrunners Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis had spoke more about the star and where the show is heading, “The past six years of collaborating with Jennifer as Emma Swan have been truly magical,” Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis continue by saying, “Watching her breathe life into Emma, she accomplished more than we could have dreamed possible — she gave life to a brand-new Disney Princess, filled with strength and intelligence and an incredible closet full of red leather jackets. We’ll miss seeing her every day, but her imprint upon ‘Once Upon a Time’ is indelible. She will always be a part of the show and its heart and soul. That said, just because Jennifer won’t be back every week doesn’t mean we won’t see our savior again.” Jennifer Morrison may not be returning Season 7, but for the sake of the fans, hopefully we will be able to see the Savior again.

Behind the Smile of Gabourey Sidibe

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By: Jeff Graham

We all know Gabourey Sidibe as TV’s star Becky from Empire and some may know her from her very first breakthrough on screen, Precious. But how much do people really know Gabourey Sidibe as a person. Behind the smile of Gabourey Sidibe is a star who was struggling with her mental health and eating disorder.

Last year, Sidibe had a weight-loss surgery on the low. The star gave People’s magazine an exclusive about her experience and on what lead her to the surgery itself. Sidibe, 33, tells PEOPLE that her decision was made after she and her older brother Ahmed, 34, were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. “I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. ” says Sidibe, “I genuinely would worry all the time about losing my toes.”

According to Essence, the star also opens up in her book about her mother and her thoughts on committing suicide. “I love my mom, but there’s so much I couldn’t talk to her about during my Hoe Phase. I couldn’t tell her that I couldn’t stop crying and that I hated everything about myself.”. Sidibe also says, “When I first told her I was depressed, she laughed at me. Literally. Not because she’s a terrible person, but because she thought it was a joke. How could I not be able to feel better on my own, like her, like her friends, like normal people? So I just kept thinking my sad thoughts — thoughts about dying,” After going to the doctor and opening up Sidibe was prescribed an antidepressant and went to therapy. Today, the star manages her mental health by continuing to go to therapy and she is taking every day one step at a time. Her fans stand behind her spreading their love.

Is Every Chris in Hollywood a Superhero?

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By: Becca Brown

Have you ever noticed how many attractive men named “Chris” we see on the big screen these days? There’s Chris Evans who we know as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth who we know as Thor, Chris Pratt who we know as Peter Quill, and Chris Pine who we know as Captain James T. Kirk.

On this week’s Saturday Night Live which Pine hosted, his introduction included a joke that he was there to promote “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2” followed by Pine clarifying that he actually isn’t Pratt, nor is he Evans, or Hemsworth.

Pine was this week’s Saturday Night Live host as part of his promo tour for Warner Brothers’ Wonder Woman movie in which he plays the character Steve Trevor. Some of his other, sketches throughout the night included him singing and dancing, as well as playing a super fan of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race”.

“Wonder Woman” comes out in theaters on June 2nd and Pine’s SNL opening can be watched HERE: 

‘Monday Night Raw’ Shocks and Excites

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By: Jonny Loquasto

Jonny Loquasto, Ty Davidson, and Markeia McCarty are back at it again! Their RAW coverage for Mon, May 1 was lit, just like the show.

Monday Night Raw was a STRONG followup to a pleasantly surprising Payback PPV, as every single match had some incredible moments. We have a new number one contender to the Intercontinental Title following a triple threat match featuring The Miz vs Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins, Alexa Bliss continued to have Bayley’s number in an 8-woman tag match, and Austin Aries and TJP put on an incredible show.

Seth Rollins also declared that he wants to face Brock Lesnar, Bray Wyatt gives Kurt Angle an ominous warning, and we have a tagteam turmoil match all set for next week, with the winner becoming the new number one contenders to the Hardy Boyz and the RAW Tag Team Titles.
Tune in every Monday @ 8pm for exclusive coverage!

WWE SmackDown Welcomes Chris Jericho

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By: Christian Rosenberg
The newest member of the SmackdownLive roster Chris Jericho welcomes us to ‘The Show of Jericho’ and the AfterbuzzTV panel Smacked it Down Man! This week, Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver, Tom Connolly and special guest Dale Rutledge broke it down, offering all of their thoughts, opinions, and favorite moments from what critics are considering an EXCELLENT episode of Smackdown.
This hard hitting episode of SmackdownLive featured Kevin Owens regaining the U.S. Title from Chris Jericho and then the fans witnessed a vicious assault after the match that saw Jericho’s head wrapped in a steel chair as Owens Mercilessly threw Jericho into the ring post to leave him knocked out.  Fans also found out whether or not Becky Lynch would join the Welcoming committee, Jinder vs Zayn and the first edition of The Fashion Files!
Watch Christian Rosenberg, Scott Narver, Tom Connolly and special guest Dale Rutledge break down this episode of SmackdownLive exclusively on AfterBuzzTV!!!

Angie Wang Gives A Voice To Girls and Women, Encourages Girl Power

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By: Chae’ Jones

Honest storytelling is the cornerstone of Cardinal X.  On “iTalk Movies” host Chae’ Jones talked with writer/director Angie Wang about her directorial debut of the movie Cardinal X. Cardinal X follows true events that Wang went through in the 80s as a  young college student being one of the biggest distributors of Ecstasy. We talked about the sexual assault scene in the film,  what we as women should do to take charge of own life and stop blaming ourselves for a situation that is not our fault, and how much a labor of love this film was not only to Wong, but to the crew as well.

Many facing sexual assault still believe that what happened was there fault. “It was shocking to me that I still blamed myself as this 40 year old plus woman.” Wang said while talking about the sexual assault plotline in the movie, “it’s the reason why I wanted to be as raw in the movie as I was. I owe these girls a voice.”

Girl power and solidarity are things we as woman need to have more of. We need to uplift each other and protect each other especially about subjects as sexual assault or slut-shaming. “We as women especially need to be on each others side.” Wang said as she speaks about how being a girl is like being in a sisterhood that in some ways we take for granted instead of banding together. What are the first steps we can take as women to be more open in a way in which we aren’t believing that what happened to us isn’t our fault? “I think we need to own our own sexuality and not just buy into what the media or men tell us what is sexy.” which is a very great message for all women.

“Everyone put their heart and soul into it.” Wang said when talking about how the shots were very close up and in your face in an intimate way.  “It enhanced the story, like, we made the decision to film close. It is a portrait study, character study.” she said as the style really reflected the story.  “This is as much their movie as much it is mine. It is a mosaic out all our hearts and souls.” Wang said.

This movie is all about empowerment and you can watch the FULL interview here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD8AAJ8jXPA

Kelly Vs. Kelly

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By: Jeff Graham

Kelly Ripa and Megyn Kelly have both had big years, and for myriad reasons. Ripa’s show LIVE! underwent a major change when co-host Michael Strahan was re-positioned to ABC’s other morning franchise Good Morning America. Megyn Kelly shook up the gender politics discussion in a 2016 Republican Primary debate when she called Trump out for previously made sexist comments. Kelly, who has had a longtime run on Fox, controversially announced her departure. She landed at NBC where she will be hosting a show in the 9am hour. This is an interesting choice, because she will be directly competing with Kelly Ripa, who airs at 9am on ABC. Ripa, who has been co-host-less for a number of months, is bringing on Ryan Seacrest to be a co-host, and the show is being officially re-billed as “Live With Kelly and Ryan!” Whether or not Megyn will be joining the Today show crew is yet to be determined. “A decision has not been made yet,” a network rep said.

Sean Waltman Describes Shooting & Darren Young Clarifies LGBT Past

 

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By: TK Trinidad

LOS ANGELES, CA – WWE Superstar, Darren Young is the special guest on AfterBuzz TV‘s X-Pac 12360 this week with Sean Waltman, saying Bob Backlund did him a huge favor in Madison Square Garden.  Darren Young also talks about how the Coach Backlund storyline really came about.

Sean had some interesting comments during the show’s popular news segment, sharing who he thinks should play Vince McMahon in Vince’s upcoming biopic.

Stream it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cJ9jbFTek90 or download the podcast version on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/x-pac-1-2-360-afterbuzz-tv/id1150124693?mt=2&i=374822005, with highlights below.

Darren Young says, I knew my whole life I was gay: “I always knew I just surprised my feelings. Just fear of judgment you know fear of losing friends so… For thirty years I’m thirty-three now for thirty years I just lived my life not being myself so just imagine you know. Think of your most down moment you’re in life and times it by ten that’s how I felt. Just imagine not being able to be like other normal couples. That’s what I wanted to be ultimately as I grew up. I wanted to be like normal couples. I want to be able to hold hands in public and be affectionate when the time is right in a classy way. But that was my main goal that was my main goal and I accomplished it by coming out to TMZ .”

Darren reveals for the first time that his mom is also gay: “No no never… brought up to thinking that gay was bad. A lot of people don’t know but my Mom is actually gay. This is the first time I’m saying this to you our any podcast. This is something I was going to save for my YouTube but yeah my Moms actually gay. And she’s been gay for a long time my parents live together you know financially they’re best friends and financially just good for them to stay together you know they’re friends… But I knew my Mom was gay and I was always that type of guy that kind of looked down upon it like an idiot. I’d look down upon it or I’d be around my friends and they’d say, “oh that’s gay.” I’d be like, “oh yeah yeah.” I’d jump on board like an idiot man. Now never again.”

Mark Henry called Darren gay before he even came out: “When I first came up on the roster I had I had hair like Enzo(Amore) kind of it was spiky and stuff like that. So, Mark Henry, you know how he is. He’s just sitting there in the locker and he’s like, and this is a couple months on the road and he’s like,”Boy” and he’s long winded. “Boy why you got your hair like that?” Again I can say this story because he’s going to be putting this in his book so I told him, “Hey when I have an opportunity to tell this story I’m going to tell it because I don’t want to at first offend him but he’s okay with it so again he’s sitting there, “Boy why you got your hair like that?” I said, “Mark (biting my nails) Mark I’m just trying to be different. I’m just trying to stand out.” “ Well you know it makes you look gay.” And this was before I came out so I’m just stuttering like I am now Mark Mark I’m just trying to be different man you know. And then fast-forward to when I like came out. The morning I came out he called me, this was in LA at the hotel he called me He called me he said,”Come down to the green room.” This was during SummerSlam…  I went down to the green room and he gave me the biggest hug and he was like, “Man how come you didn’t tell me?” I was like, “Mark I didn’t tell nobody. You know how hard it is for me.” And Mark said you know in his book when he writes a book… one of the chapters is going to be about me and the caption is going to be, Insert foot in mouth.”

Cher contacted Darren after he came out: “Before I came out you know fans are fans they love you or hate you but when I made my announcement (Coming out on TMZ) I didn’t realize how much of an impact I had made on people’s lives.  Of all people when I came out Cher contacted me via Twitter and she said you know because of my story that made it comfortable for one of her friends who’s a wrestling fan to come out to his family so I said wow that’s amazing. I couldn’t believe it. I still hadn’t met her yet so hopefully some day in the near future we could link up.”

The Coach Backlund storyline was Darren’s idea: “Well the reason why I came up with this idea was you know tag-teams don’t last forever so once I was done teaming with Titus(O’Neil) I was kind of down and out and I kind of needed a life coach to kind of pick me up so I kind of took the idea from Mike Tyson and his former trainer Cus ( D’Amato) so like they had an unusual relationship and Mike Tyson was you know locked in on Cus so I said why not bring Bob Backlund because we’ve done a lot of speaking engagements together before hand  I said I want to bring Bob back as my life coach and I went to Vince McMahon with visuals and I had it written out and he (Vince McMahon) he bought into it he enjoyed it. This was my idea.”

Bob Backlund did X-Pac a huge favor at MSG: Do you know he put me over in Madison Square Garden? I put him over everywhere and he was like, “I’m going to return the favor for you one day.”  It was very nice for him to say that. We get to Madison Square Garden… like where he was the king right. He tells Vince (McMahon), “I’m going to put Kid over tonight.” So he goes for the chicken wing I reverse it and roll up rolling reverse O’Connor roll. That used to be his finish. I beat him with his own finish in the Garden. He did that for me. I’ll never forget that as long as I live.”

Rick Steiner shot X-Pac in the chest: “Don’t get hot at me for liking Scott Steiner. He’s always been really good to me. And It was his brother (Rick Steiner) that shot me in the chest with a 45 or 357 with a blank in it. In the dressing room in Cobb County Civic Center in Georgia… Because the wad hit me in the chest and burned me and I thought he shot me. It scared the shizz out of me.”

Get it all on this week’s brand new episode of AfterBuzz TV’s X-Pac 12360. Two words for you…DOWNLOAD IT!

About The Show: Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, and Co-founder of AfterBuzz TV Keven Undergaro are teaming up together to bring a podcast with a full circle look at life from outside the squared circle. PodcastOne presents X-Pac 12360. X-Pac has many stories to tell that may help listeners relate, inspire them in their own lives, or just be entertained. And of course, there will be guests. So plan on seeing his group of usual suspects along with a mix of wrestlers, celebrities, and comedians. X-Pac has known and shared many road trips, locker rooms, and life moments with these guests. Where these conversations will go? No one knows, but we do know they will be entertaining.

With X-Pac, guests are just friends hanging out having a chat about old times and new frontiers. Listening to these conversations will make you feel like you are a fly on the locker room, green room, or bar wall.

ABOUT AFTERBUZZ TV:                                                                                         With nearly 30 million weekly downloads from over 200 countries, AfterBuzz TV is an online broadcast network created by E! host Maria Menounos and producer Keven Undergaro. Nicknamed the ‘after show’ network, when viewers finish watching episodes of their favorite shows, they can go to AfterBuzzTV.com to watch or listen to a post-game ‘after show’ for that series. On each AfterBuzz TV after show an eclectic and knowledgeable mix of celebrities, personalities and industry professionals break down that night’s episode, take calls from fans and interview guests. The network produces over 100 after shows per week.

Kevin Hart to Star in ‘The Great Outdoors’ Reboot for Universal

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By: Karina Vargas

Kevin Hart’s quest to slowly take over Hollywood has only expanded. The comedic juggernaut is taking on another project!

Universal Pictures has announced Kevin Hart to star in the reboot of the 1988 John Hughes comedy The Great Outdoors. Reboots have proven to be a reliable box office staple.

Michael De Luca is producing for Michael De Luca Productions with Hart through his Hartbeat Productions banner. Randall Green is writing the new script. The original film starred Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. It revolved around Candy and his family, whose relaxing camping trip in Wisconsin was ruined by his annoying brother-in-law, played by Aykroyd, and his family.

Hart was most recently seen alongside Dwayne Johnson in New Line’s Central Intelligence and also voiced Snowball the rabbit in Illumination’s animated hit The Secret Life of Pets.

His upcoming role is in the animated adaptation of Captain Underpants coming this June.

Forever In Your Mind Discusses New Music and Their Strength with Each Other

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By: Chae Jones

Family, friendship, laughter and unity are the cornerstone of this band. On “The Concert Experience” this week host Chae’ Jones talked with the band Forever In Your Mind, made up of members Liam Attridge, Emery Kelly, and Ricky Garcia, about new music, their favorite obsessions, their growth as a group, and more.

The band’s new singles “Smooth” and “Missing will be released at 9pm pacific time and 12am eastern time on April 28th. “We developed into better and stronger writers as we progressed. The songs are definitely different from the last EP and it really shows our growth and maturity as human beings and writers. We are really excited for people to hear the new direction we are trying with our music.” Attridge said when asked what the inspiration behind the songs was.

Were you wanting a new music video from the band? Well, have no fear because the band have will be releasing a video to go with their new single. Is it Smooth or Missing? “There is a music video for “Smooth” that will be released in a week or two.” Garcia said. One member of the band is the first of the group to receive their driver’s license. “Forever In Your Mind is now an adult.” Kelly said as Attridge is first of the group to get his license. “I got my license before them, just putting that out there.” Attridge said. Love muscle cars because one of your favorite band members was able to drive a priceless piece of machinery on set that Kelly was lucky enough to drive. “It was a Firebird.” said Garcia while talking about the car and how incredible the sound was.”I felt like a true gangsta.” said Kelly about being behind the wheel of the car.

We all have a favorite TV obsessions in our lives, but the band has a specific show in mind that they could all agree on. “13 Reasons Why” was a unanimous vote between the three members. During WE Day California earlier in the day Kelly remarked, how he met Selena Gomez and talk to her in private about the show, and she replied with her opinions. “I told her about my feelings about 13 Reasons Why. I thought it was good.” Garcia gave his own thoughts on what the show means to him and it’s importance. “It teaches you how to treat other people, like some people may not know how their treating someone but if they think about it they might be really hurting someone, you know? So it teaches people a good thing.”

“We have grown exponentially at a staggering rate. It’s crazy how much we’ve grown, we have reached a level that I have not thought we reached in a long time. I’m really happy I’m here with these guys. It’s cool to be this mature and still be in a band. We make music and we love it.” Kelly said about how the growth of the band over the last two years. “It shows who we are now and how we’ve grown and what our morals and values have become. And I think it’d really cool the journey that we’ve all taken and how we’ve all through it all stuck together as a team.” Attridge said speaking about the evolution of their band and how they will continue evolve together throughout their music careers.

You can watch the FULL interview with Forever In Your Mind HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVRNcZtr9qc&t=645s

The Cast of ‘Kicking and Screaming’ Comes To Afterbuzz TV For A Reunion

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By: Lem Gonsalves

 

Eleven of the cast members of Fox’s new show Kicking and Screaming came by the Afterbuzz TV studios to discuss their experience on the show. This is the first time they have seen each other since the show finished taping last year.

Due the sheer number of cast members present, we had to conduct the interview in groups of two. In the first group, we had Natalie Cassanova (professional gamer) and her partner on the show Terry Fossum (member of the Boy Scouts of America), Claire Yo (former beauty pageant winner and wife of TV personality Michael Yo) and her partner Brady Cervantes (Marine scout sniper vet), and Elaine Swann (etiquette coach) and her partner Jason White (Marine recon vet).

Everyone seemed to be in great spirits discussing their time on the show. Jason and Elaine had just been eliminated in the previous episode and discussing it seemed to bring back that memory. “I gave it my all,” Elaine explained stating that she did things she thought she would never do in her life. On the show, Brady received “relationship” advice from his partner Claire as well as Elaine. “Because of my position in the military, I tend to be closed off to people to stay focused.” He said he definitely appreciates the advice he received.

Terry and Natalie (along with Brady and Claire) are still in the running for the grand prize of $500,000. They seemed to have developed a father/daughter type bond and despite having some rocky moments on the show, have been able to work together pretty well and get them to this point. Terry, in his colorful Boy Scout attire, spoke of the importance of working together to achieve a common goal; something he’s learned in his years with the Boy Scouts organization.

Towards the end of the first groups’ interview, the question arose who they felt was the hardest to get along with in the cast. The consensus was that it was Kirsten Kosak, who happened to leave the game early due to an allergic reaction that caused her to go to the hospital. Kirsten reached out to me via Facebook after the reunion show and stated (after hearing what the cast said) that she has a “very strong personality with a strong moral compass” and that’s why she didn’t get along with [some of] the cast.

We then went into our second portion of the interview and brought in Angelica Bridges (former Baywatch babe), Maxwell Carr (pampered fashion student), Nakeisha Turk (NBA cheerleader), Sam Shankland (professional chess player) and Jessie Krebs (wilderness therapy field guide).

The energy with this group seemed to be a little different than the previous one. None of their partners were there that they were on the show with as well as all of them were eliminated earlier in the show.  Jessie (who was eliminated in the first episode) discussed how she felt about the pairings. “The first challenge had to do with swimming and Mike (her partner) wasn’t the best swimmer.” She went on to say that her partner was a “visual learner” and if she had time before the show started to work with that, they could have probably gotten further in the competition.

Nakeisha, who was famous for her meltdowns, stated that she learned a lot about herself and what she was capable of doing. Also, she said her partner John, helped her “one time” by putting her in check. I asked Angelica about her “zen” experience on the show. Her and her partner Hakim (a real-life ninja) could be seen meditating at different times during the show. “It was my escapism,” she stated. “I was willing to do anything for a little peace.”

Sam, even though not on the show very long, had a lot to say about his experience. Because of his job, he stated that he is fierce competitor. “I came on this show to win. I wasn’t there for the money.” A straight shooter, he went on to talk about the politics of the competition. “I’ve never seen reality TV. In retrospect, I should have tried be me more ‘likeable’ on the show instead of always staying in the zone.”

During the course of the show, the cast had to eat some very interesting things; both during challenges and to survive. When I asked what was the worst thing they had to eat, Maxwell stated that food in the hotel in Fiji was not that good. “I would rather eat worms than the pizza we had to eat in the hotel [prior to taping].” Everyone seemed to agree, with the exception of Sam.

When I asked both groups if they would ever do something like this again, they all gave a resounding “yes”. Sounds like surviving in the jungle with strangers isn’t as bad as it seems.*

 

*The season finale of the show aired last night on Fox and the winning team of the $500,000 was Terry and Natalie. Congratulations to them!!!

Gay Weekly Roundtable Discusses Caitlyn Jenner, ‘3 Generations,’ and Ellen DeGeneres

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By: Caroline Hartshorn

Gay Weekly Roundtable April 27, 2017 “It’s time to get gay again” says Adam Salandra, after a week break from Gay Weekly Roundtable. Adam, Yael Tygiel and Blake McIver are back to talk about the latest news in the LGBT community. Hot topics on this weeks episode include Cailtyn Jenner, upcoming movies and the 20th anniversary of Ellen Degeneres coming out.

With a new memoir out now, Caitlyn Jenner revealed secrets she’s kept over the entire course of her life and more specifically the secrets of her transition. For many, Adam believed, Caitlyn coming out “was a learning experience for many people who didn’t know about trans people.”

In writing her book, Jenner stated that it is inappropriate to ask a transgender person if they have had “Final Surgery”. The GWR hosts agreed, but stressed in actuality it’s not only inappropriate, it’s no ones business. “The misnomer of transexual, for many years in the last century, sexualized the trans experience in a way that we now know is not correct and that played into some older generation’s being stuck on the genitalia” said Blake in response to the stigma.

The Trans news doesn’t stop there, hitting the box office within the next few weeks are films that dive deeper into the world of transitioning and of course, Drag Queens.

“3 Generations” follows the story of transitioning Ray, played by Elle Fanning and his relationship with mother, Naomi Watts and grandmother Susan Sarandon. The film, which was originally set to release in September 2015 before being pulled, was bought by The Weinstein Company for $6 Million dollars at the Cannes Film Festival.

The latest battle was in regard to the MPAA assigning this film an R Rating. It has since been updated to give the movie the PG-13 rating originally requested. “If trans teens are being ostracized by their families, this is something they need to see without a parent or guardian accompanying them,” said Blake

Over the weekend, Blake took a trip to Dallas, TX for the premiere of “A Very Sordid Wedding” directed by Del Shores. In the southern city of Dallas, Adam says, “it’s so interesting that they are not doing it first in LA, New York, the big cities which are extremely liberal and filled with core people.” The movie received positive press from it’s feature in Entertainment Weekly.

And finally, the hosts celebrated the 20th anniversary of Ellen Degeneres’ coming out. The talk show host came out as a lesbian in tandem with her sitcom character’s coming out as well. The episode of Ellen was titled “The Puppy Episode” after executives decided a coming out for the character wasn’t something they could agree on. They encouraged the writers to get her a puppy instead. Ultimately, the episode aired, and this was the first time a lead character on TV had ever come out.

“The thing is, people know Ellen as this woman who has a talk show; young people don’t know she was a stand up comedian, or in movies,” said Yael. “People think of her as always being out.”

Ellen invited Ellen co-stars Laura Dern and Oprah Winfrey on the talk show for the anniversary. In Ellen’s opening monologue she jokes about her coming out being before Facebook, so “if you wanted to announce something, it was the only way. You had to get a sitcom.” The video of her monologue as well as clips from her conversations with Oprah and Laura can be found here.

For more of these topics, more on the Queens, and plenty of laughs, make sure to check out the latest episode of Gay Weekly Roundtable, and make sure to join the chat live every Thursdays at 4 pm EST.

Hollywood Strike and How You’ll Be Affected

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By: Caroline Hartshorn

As early as next week, TV and movie fans could be feeling the effects of the most recent writers strike. This time around the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are fighting for compensation and health care.

Today with the introduction of streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon there are nearly more than 400 series in production. But with fewer episodes per season, writers are getting paid less. The WGA reports the median earning so writers dropped remarkable between the 2013-14 and 2015-16 seasons. This urges writers to seek an increase and salary minimum to be equal across all platforms, streaming, cable and broadcast.

In the TV world, Late-night and comedy shows will get the brunt of the strike. Prime-time TV will be affected this upcoming fall season. The lack of scripted TV would introduce more reruns, sports news and reality TV. The big screen will be affected slightly less as production takes 2-3 years. During the 2007-2008 strike, movies like “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” didn’t receive the reviews it anticipated because it didn’t have the screenplay or writers the film needed.

Finally, the economy will, too, be affected. In 2007 the $58 billion dollar industry lost $2.5 billion to the strike. Today the industry is closer to $83 billion. Writers as a whole lost nearly $300 million in compensation in 2007. This strike can not only affect the livelihood of the writers, but the way viewers consume TV and Movies.

Marvel Movie News Talks New Warriors Characters, X-Men Dark: Phoenix, Captain Marvel Directors, and Cloak & Dagger Trailer

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By: Oliver Drennan
This week, there was a substantial amount of marvelous news that not even an hour and a half could contain! It was quite the Infinity War for Matt Key, Coy Jandreau, and Markeia McCarty during their discussion on Episode 128 of Marvel Movie News.
 
First off, there was a major confirmation made for the lineup of mutant films for next year. New Mutants is set to release on April 13, 2018, Deadpool 2 will be released on June 1, 2018, and finally confirmed for the next major X-Men film, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will release on November 2, 2018. Now that Jean Grey is set for such a heavy story arc, will these films have any connection to one another?
 
Captain Marvel has finally received its directors! The talented duo that brought us Mississippi Grind, Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are taking Captain Marvel with full force. Marvel’s president Kevin Feige was in full support of the decision after several impressive meetings with Boden and Fleck. The two are known to have quite an impressive vision for Carol Danvers and judging by their past work, they’re prime choices to take on the exciting spectacle that is Captain Marvel.
 
Freeform’s first trailer for its upcoming Marvel series, Cloak & Dagger left a lasting impression on Team Marvel. Despite not showing much action, the trailer was just enough to leave our hosts wanting more. Just how is this new unique series going to translate from comics to the small screen? We can expect to see more of Tandy and Tyrone when Cloak & Dagger hits Freeform in late 2018.
 
There was quite a bit of Infinity War news that had fans buzzing all over the web. The confirmation of Adam Warlock not being a part of Infinity was unfortunate, but James Gunn did confirm his inclusion in future cosmic films. Could this mean an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3? Zoe Saldana also spilled the beans on a potential name for Avengers 4 during an interview. She revealed that they were “in the middle” of Infinity War and then said “we all have to go back for Gauntlet”. Keep in mind that this could just be a working title, but Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet sounds like the most logical explanation to follow Infinity War.
 
The official New Warriors team has been announced for Freeform! Squirrel Girl will headline her team consisting of Mister Immortal, Night Thrasher, Speedball, Microbe, and Debrii. The team’s powers range from the ability to talk to germs, telekinesis, and even the power to never die! It’s going to be very interesting to see how these powers will come together to make a cohesive unit. With such a diverse team, it’s time for Team Marvel to fancast our young heroes!
 
The fate of the MCU has certainly been into question. According to Feige, the MCU is going to be much different after Avengers 4. That being said, what’s in store for Phase 4? Will there even be a Phase 4? Let’s get the speculation going Marvelites!
 
Watch the full episode from The Popcorn Talk Network or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/marvel-movie-news/id919411647?mt=2

TV Reality VS. Superhero Fantasy

By: Lanisha Fisher

As a kid, people used to dream of having super powers. That’s what made superhero shows so much more popular than other television shows. But now, the audience is leaving the fantasy life of super heroes and heading over to the side of Reality TV.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Voice is showing signs of season-end fatigue, but it still topped all others with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49. Dancing With the Stars was also steady for the night, posting a 1.7 rating in the key demo before a new Quantico (0.6 adults).

Monday nights is the night where the people are given the opportunity to show off their talent, to bad for the shows such as FOX’s “Gotham”. It dropped to a same-day season low 0.9 rating among adults 18-49.

Another superhero that has fallen is CW’s “Supergirl”. As executives are deciding whether or not to renew another season or pull the plug. Who will win the audience in the long run?

Cuba Gooding Sr. Found Dead at Age 72

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By: Caroline Hartshorn.

Cuba Gooding Sr. has been reported dead in Los Angeles, according to ABC 7, at the age of 72.

Gooding Sr. was found in his car in Woodland Hills California just before 1 P.M. on Thursday. Paramedics responded but were not able to resuscitated Gooding. There is no official cause of death at this time, although, ABC reported that the LA County coroner’s office stated Gooding’s vehicle was full of several alcohol bottles and drug paraphernalia.

Gooding is known for his role in the soul band The Main Ingredient. Their biggest hit was the 1972 song “Everybody Plays The Fool,” which hit number two R&B and number three pop.

Gooding is the father of Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. Most recently, Gooding Jr., played the role of OJ Simpson in the FX show “American Crime Show:The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and “American Horror Story: Roanoke.” Gooding won Best Supporting Actor at the 1977 Academy Award for his role in Jerry McGuire.

The Fresh Prince of Ali Ababwa?

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By: Jeff Graham

Robin Williams’ varied career landed him a laundry list of iconic roles, The Genie notwithstanding. His performance in 1992’s Aladdin is generally considered one of the best voice performances of all time, earning him numerous accolades and nominations.

Well, rumor has it that his late legacy may be passed to Will Smith, who is primed to take on the role in the 2019 live adaption being produced by Dan Lin, written by John August, and directed by Guy Ritchie.

Disney has been eager to capitalize on the success of the “Renaissance Era” animated classics, and for good reason. Beauty And The Beast just surpassed the 1B box office Mark, against a budget of approximately $160 million. In 2015, Cinderella made just south of $600 million, against a $100 dollar budget.

If the trend continues, analysts expect that Aladdin could reach the same critical and commercial success of it’s predecessors, and having a box office staple like Will Smith certainly can’t hurt. For now, we’ll just have to wait patiently as development proceeds!

Marvel Movie News talks Josh Brolin as Cable, Potential New Characters in Jessica Jones, and Guardians of The Galaxy Christmas Special

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By: Oliver Drennan

With Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 about to hit theaters, this didn’t stop Marvel from generating more news within its expansive universe. Matt Key, Coy Jandreau, and Markeia McCarty had a lot to say for episode 127 of Marvel Movie News!

Deadpool fans will be at ease knowing the role of the iconic Cable has now been cast! Despite already being a part of the MCU as Thanos, Josh Brolin will be doing double duty now that he has been cast as the time-traveling mutant, Cable in Deadpool 2.

Now that Jessica Jones has started production for season 2, a casting call has been revealed for new characters. Keep in mind that these names could potentially be placeholder names, so Team Marvel has some predictions on who these characters might be. The characters and their potential comic counterparts include: Dr Kirby (Dr. Karl Malus), Presley (Paladin), Oliver (Otis Johnson), and Ingrid (Typhoid Mary).

When a fan on Twitter asked director James Gunn if he’d be open to doing a Christmas themed special for the Guardians of the Galaxy on ABC, Gunn said he’s completely open to the idea. With such a fun and exciting possibility like this, Gunn also confirmed Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, which is expected sometime after Infinity War.

Marvel president Kevin Feige confirmed that Marvel will in fact be at Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. This being said, just what exactly will be showcased at this year’s prestigious event? Black Panther? Thor: Ragnarok? Captain Marvel? Infinity War? Only time will tell.

Lastly, a visit to Marvel Studios revealed a plethora of top secret news, but you’ll have to tune into Marvel Movie News to hear more about what’s to come to the MCU in the near future.

Watch the full episode from The Popcorn Talk Network or download the podcast version on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/marvel-movie-news/id919411647?mt=2 https://youtu.be/IPMJz6e_0go

 

Netflix Scores w/ Mystery Science Theater!

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By: Christian Bladt

On the premiere episode of Afterbuzz TV’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000” aftershow, hosts Christian Bladt and Andrew Mena discuss their excitement about the return of the show after a long, grueling 18 year absence. They discuss their own personal histories with the original version of the show, including Christian explaining that he’s been a fan of the show since before a number of Afterbuzz TV hosts were born, and to prove it, he brought in his MST3K Info Club welcome kit with a postmark from 1991, stamped with his member number 7194, and showed off his membership card and some handsome cast photos that were included. Christian and Andrew then dive in to their analysis of the first episode of the new version of the show, Netflix’s “Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return”, which was the end result of a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. They share their excitement about the new cast which includes Jonah Ray, Patton Oswalt and Felicia Day, and the Danish monster movie “Reptillicus”.

 

Afterbuzz TV Drops A Bomb

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By: Christian Bladt
On the Tuesday, April 17th edition of Afterbuzz TV’s “The Trump Report”, Moderator Christian Bladt, alongside regular panelists Chelsea Galicia and Scott Moore, welcomed back special guests Jeffrey Mark Klein and Tim Stabers of Based In LA, discussing their weekend up at Berkeley, the Tax March, President Trump’s tax returns, the Mother of All Bombs, and a brief assessment of the Trump Administration as we near the 100 day mark.
One of the highlights of the show came when Christian asked his guests, Tim Stabers and Jeffrey Mark Klein, about their biggest disappointments with Trumps presidency.
Kelin offered, “My biggest disappointment is that Donald Trump said he was going to cut funding from Sanctuary cities and he still hasn’t. So, as somebody who is not a fan of sanctuary cities and was happy was Donald Trump said he was going to do that, I’m very disappointed.”
Stabers offered, “Today, when he was in Wisconsin, he was talking about his exec order and I haven’t looked at the actual specifics of it, but the rhetoric he’s using sound a little protectionist to me and as a free trade person, I don’t agree with rehortic. However, I haven’t looked at the actual bill.”

Fate Of The Furious Breaks Records

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By: Jeff Graham

Fate Of The Furious Breaks Records By Blockbuster standards, the domestic opening for Fate of the Furious ($102 mil) was modest, if not solid, but globally the film shattered records with a $532 million worldwide box office receipt. The global box office record for an opening was previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made $529 million globally for it’s opening weekend.

Domestically, “Fate” is the second highest opener in the franchise behind Furious 7, which opened with $147 mil domestically in 2015. The Furious Franchise is a staple tentpole for Universal. It is their highest grossing franchise, in addition to being the eight highest grossing film franchise of all time.

Domestically, it is the twelfth highest grossing franchise of all time. In terms of franchise totals: the eight films have cost a total of approximately $1 billion and have made a global total of approximately $4.4 billion.

‘Friends’ Musical Parody To Debut In New York City This Fall

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By: Karina Vargas

There may not be a “Friends” reunion anytime soon, but the characters of the beloved show are reuniting on stage in New York City for “Friends! The Musical!”

The Friends musical parody is written by Bob and Tobly McSmith, the minds behind past musical parodies of “Saved by the Bell” and “Full House,” as well as “Kardashians! The Musical.”

“It only makes sense to set our sights on the hit TV show Friends after creating parody musicals about Saved by the Bell, Full House, and Beverley Hills, 90210,” co-writer Tobly McSmith told Entertainment Weekly.

“Not only do we poke fun and celebrate the show, we also get some jokes in about the actor’s lives.” “Oh and there will be a smelly cat, there will be Janice, and there will be Fat Monica,” he continues. “We want all the alumni of Friends to come to the show and possibly be in it for a night or two — our first call is to the agent of Marcel the Monkey.”

The Off-Broadway musical will be opening in the fall at The Triad Theatre, tickets go on sale in June. Here’s a few of the song titles that will be performed:

“The Only Coffee Shop in New York City”

“45 Grove Street — How Can We Afford This Place?”

“How You Doing, Ladies?” — Joey

“Hey Ugly Naked Guy Who Lives Across the Street!”

“We Were On a Break!”

“I’m Gonna Hump U” — Marcel

“Oh. My. God. It’s Janice!” — Janice

“Will They or Won’t They” — Ross and Rachel

“The Ballad of Fat Monica”

“Could I BE Anymore…..in Love with Monica” — Chandler

“The One Where We Make a Million Dollars An Episode”

“We’ll Always Be There For You”

On-Location Film Production in L.A. Falls 5- year Low and TV Dramas Dip in Q1

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By: Caroline Hartshorn

New Low for On-Location Film Production Only three years after the California Film and Television Tax Credit program, on- location feature filming has declined by 36.3% in the first quarter of 2017, the lowest since 2012.

The Tax Credit Program goes to those films that shoot in Los Angeles. In the first quarter of 2017, eight films were shot in L.A. and have since contributed to 22.3 % of shoot days in the quarter. Enacted in 2014 by California lawmakers, the program expansion covers 1.65 billion in tax credits and offers eligible producers an additional 5% uplift by shooting outside the LA zone or using music scoring or visual effects in California. Even more recent, the tax credit was expanded to TV series including, most recently, Legion, Lucifer, The Affair, and The OA, which are all moving their productions to the LA area.

TV productions have stayed the same when compared to first quarter of 2016. Pilots and dramas, unfortunately have declined, when Comedies have actually increased 9.2%. All in all, production in Los Angeles is up a total of 10.3% over the past five years, largely in part to the contribution of Netflix.

‘Sense8’ Season 2 Trailer Drops

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By: Briana Phipps

The first trailer for the “Sense8” Season 2, was released by Netflix on Monday April 11th, 2017.

Our cluster of eight international misfits are back and while we may not know exactly what they’re going to get up to in this upcoming season, we can see that their bond is stronger than ever.

It’s hard to tell what we can expect for the sensates in this upcoming season, but the trailer features shots of the cluster in their daily lives, and also them questioning their identities.

The first season dealt with the sensates learning about their connection and how they can use it to help each other. Basically, it was about learning how you were stronger together than you were apart, a theme that will definitely carry over into the second season as the mysterious organization out to get them continues to put them at risk.

Specifically, the trailer states that the cluster is a “threat to secrecy.”

Netflix, teaming up with “The Matrix” creators, released the first season in June of 2015, with a two-hour Christmas special airing last year.

The next 10 episodes of the show will be released on May 5. Check out the trailer below!

Are you excited for the new season of of Sense8? Let us know in the comments below.

‘Criminal Minds’ Renewed for Season 13 at CBS

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By: Briana Phipps

Criminal Minds” has been renewed for Season 13 at CBS.

The long-running series stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Damon Gupton. Mark Gordon, Erica Messer and Breen Frazier are executive producers for ABC Studios in association with CBS Television Studios.

This renewal marks the network’s 19th returning series picked up for the 2017-2018 season. The shows renewed to date include six comedies such as “The Big Bang Theory ” and “Life in Pieces”; nine dramas including “Blue Bloods” and “Madam Secretary”; newsmagazines “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes”; and reality series “Survivor.” “Big Brother” was previously renewed for two more seasons back in August.

In addition, five freshman have also been renewed: dramas “Bull” and “MacGyver;” and comedies “Kevin Can Wait,” “Man With a Plan,” and “Superior Donuts.” Noticeably absent from the freshman renewals was the Joel McHale series “The Great Indoors.” The Allison Janney-Anna Faris comedy “Mom” was also renewed, after Variety exclusively reported that the show was nearing a pick up for a fifth season.

No word yet on the fate of the Bill Paxton starrer “Training Day,” which will move out of its Thursday time slot to Saturday nights beginning on April 8. The move came after Paxton died due to complications from heart surgery on Feb. 25, though the show has suffered from low ratings since its premiere on Feb. 2. Likewise no word on the Katherine Heigl-led legal drama “Doubt,” though do not hold out much hope for that one. The series was pulled from the CBS schedule in February after airing just two episodes.

The People’s Choice Awards are Moving to E!

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By: Karina Vargas

E! announced that the People’s Choice Awards will be broadcasted and produced by NBCUniversal’s Wilshire Studios, which also produces E!’s red carpet coverage.

“Rooted in pop culture and celebrity, the ‘People’s Choice Awards’ is a natural extension for E! and we are excited to evolve and supercharge this fan-centered event for the next generation in a way that only E! can,” said Adam Stotsky, president of E!.

People’s Choice Awards was originally created in 1975 by Robert Stivers and had Mark Burnett producing for the past eight years on the CBS network.

Beginning in 2018, E! will air the award show with its 44th annual installment.

Stotsky said, “Over two decades ago, E! created the red carpet experience and became the leading destination for fans on Hollywood’s biggest nights. With this acquisition, we are harnessing our entertainment authority, live event expertise and huge multi-platform reach to take fans beyond the red carpet and offer a true end to end consumer experience.”

CBS was the home for the People’s Choice Awards but since the most recent show, hosted in January by Joel McHale, drew 6.6 million viewers and an all-time low 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo.

 

Animal Logic Imagines a Bright Future

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By: Jeff Graham

Juggernaut producers Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, and the rest of the Imagine Entertainment team are venturing into animation with Animal Logic, known for animating such films as “Happy Feet” and “The Lego Movie.” The production companies has structured a deal to develop, produce, and finance six feature length projects over the next five years.

Grazer offers, “The animation space consistently outperforms other genres and we wanted to enter into that space by partnering with a company that is at the forefront of creative and technical achievement. Animal Logic is one of the industry’s most highly regarded digital production studios and I am excited for what we can create by combining our resources and talent in storytelling.”
The films aim to all cost between $75 and $85 million dollars, a middle-of-the-road budget for most animated films in the same space. That being said, the aforementioned LEGO MOVIE, who’s animation was handled by Animal Logic, cost only $60 million to make, and walked away with nearly half a billion in box office revenues, validating the studio’s commitment to well-financed production.
For Mr. Howard, the partnership “expands our mutually shared vision to create visually stunning, inventive, and heart-warming stories that appeal to families.”

‘Time After Time’ Canceled After Five Episodes at ABC

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By: Briana Phipps

ABC has pulled the plug on “Time After Time” after just five episodes.

The Kevin Williamson time-travel drama, starring Freddie Stroma and Josh Bowman, has officially been pulled from the network’s schedule. It will be replaced on the schedule by Alec Baldwin’s “Match Game.”

The series premiered soft on March 5 with two episodes and just 2.5 million viewers. Subsequent episodes declined in viewership, with the most recent outing getting a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.9 million viewers.

“Time After Time” becomes just the second cancellation of the season a few weeks after CBS pulled the Katherine Heigl drama “Doubt” after two episodes. Previously, ABC had trimmed the episode orders of two freshman dramas, the Hayley Atwell legal drama “Conviction” and the Piper Perabo-led “Notorious.”

Based on the 1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie adaptation by Nicholas Meyer, “Time After Time” hailed from executive producer Kevin Williamson of “Dawson’s Creek,” “The Following” and “The Vampire Diaries.”

The series followed famed science fiction writer H.G. Wells (Stroma), who is transported to modern-day Manhattan in pursuit of Jack the Ripper (Bowman).

Reynolds and Fisher Honored with Music, Humor, and Dance

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By: Briana Phipps

In the most appropriate way, laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to the late Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

There were few tears throughout Saturday’s two-hour ceremony in Hollywood. The mother and daughter’s impact on film, culture and those who knew them was honored with a mix of photos, videos, and anecdotes that kept the audience laughing and applauding.

Hundreds of fans, some wearing “Star Wars” attire, some not attended the memorial.

A troupe from Reynolds’ dance studio performed an homage to one of her most famous films, “Singing in the Rain.” This is the film that catapulted Reynolds to stardom at age 19. To the same effect in a tribute to Fisher’s “Star Wars” role as Princess Leia, a working R2D2 unit came on stage, mournfully beeping.

Fisher died on December 27th at the age of 60. Reynolds died the following day at the age of 84.

Chris Hardwick Creates New Music Festival ID10T!

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By: Lacretia Lyon

Chris Hardwick, aka the King of After Shows, is bringing a brand new experience to Silicon Valley this summer.

ID10T Music Festival + Comic Conival is stated to be a celebration of music, gaming, comedy, tech and all things pop culture. Think Coachella meets Comic Con!

The festival will feature chart-topping musicians like Weezer, renowned comedians such as Demetri Martin and some of the most influential people in the entertainment industry all together for one big weekend festival. It is also part con and will feature panels, autograph signings, and also an exhibitor village complete with artists’ alley and even a cosplay tent.

This epic event will go down Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 10th at 10:00am PT at www.ID10TFest.com and General Admission tickets start at just $55.

Make sure to get yours fast because you do not want to miss out on this opportunity!

History’s Military Drama ‘SIX’ Renewed for Season 2

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By: Karina Vargas

The Navy Seal drama ‘SIX’ has been renewed for a 10-episode second season, History announced on Thursday.

According to the network, the series premiere was watched by 3 million viewers and the series is averaging 2.9 million viewers in Live+3 ratings over its first four weeks.

Six is a captivating drama series that embraces our recent history while being immensely relevant in the climate of today’s culture,” History president Jana Bennett said. “It has struck a genuine chord with our audience, and we’re proud to continue to tell the courageous stories, both on and off the battlefield, of the complex lives of this elite military group.”

Production for the second season is expected to resume in the summer for a possible 2018 premiere.

The series is currently airing on Wednesdays at 10/9c and will air its Season 1 finale on March 8.

Don’t forget to tune in to the aftershow on afterbuzztv.com!

E! Renews ‘The Royals’ For A Fourth Season

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By: Amelia Fabiano
‘The Royals’ will keep its throne on E! now that the network has renewed it for a fourth 10-episode season.
The drama premiered in 2015 and marked the network’s first scripted series. After its success, E! has been looking to bring on more scripted shows, like ‘The Arrangement’ premiering next month. The cable network is primarily known for its entertainment news coverage and reality television shows, such as ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians.’
“The third season of ‘The Royals’ has proven to be an entertaining mix of secrets, deceit and desire that our fans can’t get enough of. We are excited to see what new scandals await our royal family, and how their dynamic evolves in season four,” said E! Entertainment president Adam Stotsky.
Lionsgate television group chairman Kevin Beggs also commented on the series’ renewal, which hails from Lionsgate and Universal Cable Productions. “We’re proud to extend our partnership with our friends at E! and Universal Cable Productions, and we’re pleased that the dedicated fans – the ‘Loyals’ –  are getting another season of their favorite show,” Beggs said. ‘‘The Royals’ is the kind of original and provocative series that has become a Lionsgate trademark, and we look forward to an all-new season of saucy palace intrigue and badly behaved sovereigns.”
The hourlong show wraps up its third installment this Sunday at 10 p.m. EST.
This news was first reported by Variety.

NBC’s "Superstore" Has Been Renewed for Season 3

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By: Brisa Villalobos
NBC’s “Superstore” has been renewed for season 3 with a full season of 22 episodes.
“We are extremely proud of ‘Superstore,’ which is one of the smartest and funniest comedies on television today,” said President of NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke. “Through the show’s expertly drawn characters, our producers and cast do a remarkable job touching on many issues in which audiences can relate. To its credit, not only does ‘Superstore’ make us laugh, but it makes us think as well.”
The series premiered last midseason and was a total hit. “Superstore” quickly got picked up for season 2. The series also performs great on digital platforms. The first season brought in more than 33 million full-episode views on Hulu, NBC.com and on-demand.
Creator of the series, Justin Spitzer, executive produces with Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, Gabe Miller, and Jonathan Green.  The comedy is produced by Universal Television, Spitzer Holding Company and The District.
Comment down below if you are excited for season 3 of “Superstore.”

Armani Salado for Aladdin!

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By: Brisa Villalobos

Armani Salado has always been attracted to acting since he was young. His passion for acting led him to grab a camcorder and record a “movie” every week with his friends and gather his family to watch. “I’ve developed a more devoted love for the art of acting,” said Salado.

Salado hopes to get considered for the role of Aladdin when Disney starts casting for the new live-action film based off the 90’s hit cartoon. In efforts to get cast for “Aladdin,” he is trying to get in Disney’s radar by doing interviews, using connections, and using #armaniforaladdin on social media to get the attention of the company, and not only does he look and sing like Aladdin, but Salado also feels he connects and understands the character since they both started out with nothing.

“As a young actor, I first started out in this industry with no connections and representation,”  said Salado. “But along the way I’ve met wonderful casting directors, good managers and agents. And I’m currently signed with a wonderful agency. I put this into perspective with Aladdin, as he started as a riff raff, street rat kid, then went up the ranks to become a prince (with some magical help lol) and finally got his girl at the end. So in a strange way we both went from the bottom and gradually, I still am, made our way up. It’s humbling to piece that together and apply it to the character and evolve a real sense of being to Aladdin.”

When asked what other kind of roles Salado can see himself playing he said, “there are sooooooo many roles I’d love to play. Diego Luna , from Star Wars Rogue One, has been I think already officially casted as the new Scarface, a role like that I would die for. An epic like Gladiator.. Wow!! Watching Russell Crowe play Maximus Decimus Meridius was one of the movies that launched my passion and love for acting. Mafia movies like Scarface, the godfather & epics like Gladiator along with war movies like Saving Private Ryan & Fury are the type of roles I dream of. I pray and hope eventually I get to land something like that , but as of now my roles have been the troubled teen or the boy next door or the mysterious boyfriend. But as I grow in my career , war movies, mafia movies , epics and I gotta add this, super hero movies , are the type of roles I’d love to take on.”

Salado feels like portraying Aladdin is a role that he knows he can take on and is excited and hopeful for this opportunity, and we are excited to see this bright new actor in many roles to come.
You can follow Armani on twitter at: @armani_salado.