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Vinyl — Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter spin a stunning rock ’n’ roll tale on HBO

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We like it, like it, yes we do! Vinyl airs Sundays at 9/8CT on HBO beginning Feb. 14. When Olivia Wilde was a kid, she crashed her journalist parents’ dinner party to demand that one guest vacate her spot at the family table. The interloper? Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. He told the upstart to go to bed. Several decades later, Jagger would witness Wilde’s mettle once again — on the set of their seductive new HBO series, Vinyl. Since 1995, Jagger had mulled a feature film that would delve deep into what he knew best: the gritty reality of the music … Continue reading

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John Travolta says he’ll watch FOX’s Grease Live “as though it were on Broadway”

John Travolta says he'll watch FOX's Grease Live "as though it were on Broadway"

Recently, at the Television Critics Association (TCA) winter press tour, John Travolta was on hand to discuss FX’s new series American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, which debuts Feb. 2 (and in which Travolta gives an amazing performance as attorney Robert Shapiro). Travolta was at the press tour the day after FOX presented a panel for its Grease Live musical event. Of course, Travolta is also legendary for playing Danny in the famed movie adaptation of Grease (pictured), so, naturally, myself and others in a small scrum of reporters at an FX party were wondering if Travolta was going to tune in to … Continue reading

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Grease: Live soundtrack to be released Jan. 31

Grease: Live soundtrack to be released Jan. 31

The Grease: Live Official Soundtrack Album will be available digitally Sunday, Jan. 31, at 7pm ET/PT, coinciding with the start of the three-hour live event on FOX. A special pre-order at the iTunes Store has launched, and includes the option to download Jessie J’s rendition of “Grease (Is the Word),” the classic tune written by Barry Gibb. In addition to the digital release, Target has the exclusive CD package with four bonus tracks, which will be released on Friday, March 4. More from FOX: “The GREASE: LIVE Official Soundtrack Album features the show’s cast performing classics from the original stage musical, written … Continue reading

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Catching up with Larry Black of RFD-TV’s Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion

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It’s near impossible to tune in to RFD-TV’s Larry’s Country Diner and not want to climb through the screen to share some pie and sociability with host Larry Black and his cast of amiable characters as they crack wise, reminisce about classic moments in music and television and generally have a fine time. • MORE: Larry’s Country Diner serves up generous helpings of country greats on RFD-TV. The 70-year-old, Alabama-born preacher’s son turned his love of music and rich baritone voice into a decades-long career as a disc jockey — during its heyday, the Larry Black Show aired on 125 radio … Continue reading

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Spike renews “Lip Sync Battle” for Season 3

Spike renews "Lip Sync Battle" for Season 3

Lip Sync Battle, the most-watched original series in Spike history, has unsurprisingly been renewed for a third season, the network announced yesterday. The new season, which will feature 20 half-hour episodes, will tape later this year, with a premiere date for Season 3 to be announced “in the near future.” The show, hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice –battling for bragging rights, and has been very popular. In addition to its linear success (Season 2 of Lip Sync Battle launched on Jan. 7, and through its first two episodes, it has been … Continue reading

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Grease: Live — Julianne Hough is the one that FOX wants as its Sandy!

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Grease: Live premieres Sunday, Jan. 31 at 7pm ET on FOX Julianne Hough has been hopelessly devoted to Grease since she was a little girl. Growing up in a creative family, the Dancing With the Stars favorite says she and her siblings loved to act out the music-filled 1978 film that starred Olivia Newton-John as good-girl Aussie transplant Sandy and John Travolta as her greaser beau Danny. And though Hough’s three older sisters arguably had dibs on the best roles, she laughs, “I was in my own world, so I was playing Sandy regardless if I was supposed to or … Continue reading

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Toni Braxton Unbreak My Heart — the soulful songbird brings her own life story to Lifetime

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Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart premieres Saturday, January 23 at 8/7CT on Lifetime. Most people consider R&B star Toni Braxton an unmitigated success story — model-worthy looks, a two-decade-plus recording career, seven Grammy Awards and a popular WE tv reality show with her four outspoken sisters. Behind the scenes, however, Braxton has dealt with heartache, betrayal, illness and upheaval for most of her adult life, lending additional poignancy to the soulful songs that made her a star. In 2014, the singer released her memoir — titled Unbreak My Heart in homage to her 1996 Billboard No. 1 hit — which chronicled … Continue reading

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2015 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show struts on CBS Tuesday

2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show struts on CBS Tuesday

The Victoria’s Secret Angels are back on the runway in New York City for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show special on CBS Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 10pm ET/PT. Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, and newest Angels Elsa Hosk, Jac Jagaciak, Jasmine Tookes, Kate Grigorieva, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill and Victoria’s Secret PINK model Rachel Hilbert are among the lingerie models strutting their stuff. Musical guests are Ellie Goulding, Selena Gomez and The Weeknd. Photo: Credit: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2015 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Sinatra 100: CBS and the Grammys celebrate a century of Frank Sinatra

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On Sunday, Dec. 6, at 9pm ET/PT, CBS presents Sinatra 100 — An All-Star Grammy Concert, a two-hour concert special commemorating the late Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday. The celebration, done in close cooperation with the Sinatra family and recorded Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Wynn Las Vegas’ Encore theater, includes top artists performing Sinatra classics with rare archival footage narrated by the Chairman of the Board himself. Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Zac Brown, Harry Connick Jr., Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Juanes, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine, Seth MacFarlane, Carrie Underwood, Usher and Trisha Yearwood are among the stars paying … Continue reading

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Empire Season 2 Episode 10 Recap: There goes the Empire?

Empire Season 2 Episode 10 Recap: There goes the Empire?

On last week’s episode of Empire, we got to see the shocking kiss between Skye and Jamal. A new relationship might be budding, but we won’t be able to see much of where it goes — because this week is the Fall Finale of Empire. Sadly, this means we’ll have to endure a long break from our favorite show. The American Sound Awards nominees are being announced and Lucious already knows Empire artists will be on that list. Sure enough, Jamal is nominated for Best R&B Song with his song “Heavy,” but let’s see if he can be the first to … Continue reading

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