Sunday, February 25, 2018

Best Olympics Closing Ceremonies of the Past - Video of the Day


In anticipation of tonight's closing ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, here is a collection of the top moments from previous closing ceremonies. (From the Olympic Channel)

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 25

NBC Highlights: 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Cross-Country Skiing: Women’s 30km Gold Medal Final
The final competition of the 2018 Winter Olympics, as Closing Ceremony flag bearer Jessie Diggins, who helped the U.S. win its first-ever gold medal in cross-country skiing, competes in the cross-country women’s 30km event.

Serena Williams Narrates 1968, the Story of Olympic Achievement and Cultural Legacy.

NBC Highlights: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Olympic Gold
Mike Tirico hosts Olympic Gold at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, which features a look back at the most memorable moments and performances of the PyeongChang Olympics.

NBC Highlights: 8:00-10:30 p.m.
Closing Ceremony
Tara Lipinski, Johnny Weir and Terry Gannon will be on-site at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium to call the pageantry and spectacle of the Closing Ceremony, which will featuring the Parade of Athletes, interviews, profiles, musical performances, and more. The Olympic flag will be turned over to Beijing, China, host of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and the Closing Ceremony culminates with the extinguishment of the Olympic flame.

This Day in Pop Culture for February 25

Jim Backus was born on February 25, 1913.

The Man Behind Mr. Magoo and Thurston Howell III is Born

James Gilmore Backus, better known as Jim Backus was born on this day in Cleveland, Ohio in 1913. His first acting roles were for radio playing a millionaire aviator Dexter Hayes for Society Girl on CBS in 1940. A-Lad-In His Lamp (1948) was Backus’ first film role, however, only his voice was heard and he was uncredited for the part. In 1949, Backus voiced Mr. Magoo for the first time for the theatrical short, The Ragtime Bear. He would continue to voice different versions of the character for film and TV through 1989. However, most people are familiar with Backus’ role as Thurston Howell, III from Gilligan’s Island. The show originally aired from 1964-1967, but he also appeared in the three reunion films as also voiced the character the Saturday morning animated version of the show as well. Backus appeared in many movies and made guest appearances on many TV shows including The Brady Bunch, The Beverly Hillbillies and I Dream of Jeannie. Backus had only one wife, Henny, whom he wed in 1943 and was with him every day until he died on July 3, 1989 due to complications with pneumonia and Parkinson’s disease.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 24

Rupert Holmes was born on February 24, 1947.

Rupert Holmes is Born

You may have wondered “whatever happened that guy who sang about pina coladas and getting caught in the rain,” and you wouldn’t be the only one. The man we know as Rupert Holmes was born David Goldstein in Northwich, Cheshire, England on this day in 1947. Rupert’s family moved to New York City when he was six-years-old. He attended the Manhattan School of Music majoring in clarinet. In 1969, he and Ron Dante (known for being the lead singer of The Archies) formed the band, The Cuff Links and worked on the song, “Jennifer Tomkins,” but since Dante was prohibited by the Archies studio from any involvement with new recording ventures, he had to bow out the pair’s recording project. Holmes released the song under a new band name called The Street People. The song made it on the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks in 1970. Holmes' first album, Widescreen, was produced in 1974 and got the attention of Barbra Streisand who used some of the songs for her movie, A Star is Born. He also wrote songs for her Lazy Afternoon album released in 1975. The infamous “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" wasn’t released until 1979 on Holmes 5th album, Partners in Crime. His last album, Full Circle, was released in 1982. Shortly thereafter, Holmes began a career as a playwright. His first musical, Drood, was written in 1985. Since then he has written both plays and musicals with his most recent being writing the book for Secondhand Lions: A New Musical which premiered in Seattle, Washington in 2013.

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 24

NBC Highlights: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Speed Skating: Men’s and Women’s Mass Start Gold Medal Finals
Speed skating coverage includes the Olympic debut of mass start racing, which differs from the traditional paired format. On the men’s side, Team USA’s Joey Mantia is the reigning world champion. The women’s field includes South Korean Kim Bo-Reum, who draws on her short track experience, plus German legend Claudia Pechstein and Team USA’s Heather Bergsma.

Cross-Country Skiing: Men’s 50km Classical Gold Medal Final
Five miles longer than a marathon, the cross-country men’s 50km is one of the most grueling Winter Olympic events

NBC Highlights: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Figure Skating Gala (LIVE)
Figure skating coverage features the gala event.

Four Man Bobsled: Gold Medal Final Runs (LIVE)
Final runs of the four-man bobsled event feature 23-year-old Codie Bascue, who has emerged as Team USA’s best four-man pilot following the death of three-time Olympic medalist Steven Holcomb. Germany, with two top sleds, and Latvia are the nations to beat.

Friday, February 23, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 23

Josh Gad was born on February 23, 1981.

Josh Gad is Born

The voice of Olaf the talking snowman in Disney’s Frozen animated movie was born on this day in Hollywood, Florida in 1981. Josh Gad attended NSU University School where he won the National Forensics League National Tournament Championships for Original Oratory (1998) and Humorous Interpretation and Original Oratory (1999) before attending the Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts. One of Gad’s first roles was playing the role of Ryan Church on the sitcom Back to You on Fox from 2007 to 2008. He later played the role as a correspondent on The Daily Show in 2009. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for The Book of Mormon in 2012. In 2013, Gad became a household name when he became the voice of Olaf who will return to the big screen for a Frozen sequel coming soon and won the role of Gaston’s sidekick, Lefou, in Disney’s live action version Beauty and the Beast in 2017.

2018 Winter Olympic Games NBC Schedule: February 23

NBC Highlights: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Biathlon: Men’s 4x7.5km Relay Gold Medal Final
Top contenders in the men’s 4x7.5km relay include Norway, France, Germany, and the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

NBC Highlights: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Alpine Skiing: Team Event Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
In the Olympic debut of the alpine team event, nations compete in a bracket-style format featuring head-to-head slalom races (two men and two women per round).

Snowboarding: Men’s Big Air Gold Medal Final (LIVE)
Snowboarding also introduces an exciting new event: men’s big air, with Canadian teammates Mark McMorris and Max Parrot among the contenders. Red Gerard, who won slopestyle gold earlier in these Games, and Chris Corning could also compete for the podium.

Four-Man Bobsled: Competition
The four-man bobsled event gets underway as Germany looks to confirm its favorite status (runs 1 and 2).

Speed Skating: Men’s 1000m Gold Medal Final
The men’s 1000m features two-time Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis and his U.S. teammate Joey Mantia taking on the dominant Dutch.

NBC Highlights: 11:35 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Snowboarding: Men’s & Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom Gold Medal Finals
After claiming super-G gold in alpine skiing earlier in the Games, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic is expected to be a top contender in this snowboarding event.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Here’s What ‘Survior: Ghost Island’ Contestants Wished They Had on the Trip

The cast of "Survivor: Ghost Island"
The castaways of Survivor: Ghost Island. (Photo: Robert Voets/CBS)


After 35 seasons, Survivor is running out of places for the castaways to hang out. For season 36, the new crew has been sent back to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji where the show has been themed “Ghost Island.” Here, two groups of ten contestants will apparently try to make good out of other past players’ bad decisions. It’s a convoluted idea to be sure.

CBS says, “The question is: will these new players be able to learn from the past mistakes of others and “reverse the curse,” or will the past come back to haunt them?” According to the network, this season is filled with real idols and advantages from previous seasons including shows that were shot in Brazil, China, Africa and Australia and will serve as a “haunted” graveyard of those pesky "unfortunate choices" of the former members. Of course, the name of the game still is to “outwit, outplay and oulast” each other in order to become the “Sole Survivor.”

Survior: Ghost Island debuts with a special two hour episode on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. and as always, the show is hosted by Jeff Probst.

This year, CBS ask cast members, “If you could have three things on the island, what would they be and why?” Here is what they said…