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.”

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!

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.”

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.