Monday, January 16, 2017

7 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes - Video of the Day

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. (from USA Today)

This Day in Pop Culture for January 16

"Hello Dolly!" opened on Broadway on January 16, 1964.

Well, ‘Hello Dolly”

The Broadway musical, Hello Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick and opened on this day in 1964. Based on Thornton Wilder’s The Merchant of Yonkers, the musical starred Carol Channing. The show ran for 2,844 performances closing on December 27, 1970. Channing also starred in two of the show’s three revivals to date. Pearl Bailey played Dolly in the 1975 one month revival and Bette Midler has signed on to do the show’s 4th revival which will open on April 20, 2017. Barbara Streisand played the starring role for the 1969 movie which was nominated for seven Oscars and won three.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

NBC Boasts Of Warren Buffett’s Appearance On ‘The New Celebrity Apprentice’ To Bolster Ratings

The switch-over from Donald Trump to Arnold Schwarzenegger for NBC's reality TV show The Celebrity Apprentice hasn't been as successful as NBC would like to see, and so in a new press release, the network is sharing details for upcoming episodes of the show in hopes of generating some buzz and attracting some new viewers. The biggest news is that billionaire Warren Buffett will make an appearance next Monday.

For the last two weeks, the Celebrity Apprentice has been playing a losing game going up against ABC's The Bachelor, something that Trump took note of on January 6 when he tweeted, "Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got 'swamped' (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for...." More info>>>

Jimmy Fallon Gets His Own Theme Park Ride

THEME PARKSIn a press release given today, Universal Orlando Resort announced that the official grand opening of the theme park's newest attraction, "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon," will be on April 6, 2017. However, Fallon, on The Tonight Show, went ahead Thursday night and gushed about the news describing the new adventure for theme park guests.

Today's press release states that the new ride will give attendees the "ultimate Tonight Show experience" by first giving them a tour of Studio 6B and then boarding a "flying theater" which will then give them an "up close and personal" view of some of the show's better moments. Then, without exactly saying how, the guest and a virtual Fallon embark on a crazy ride through the streets of New York City, to the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and even to the moon and back. Read more>>>

This Day in Pop Culture for January 15

The first Superbowl was held on January 15, 1967.
The First Superbowl
The annual championship game of the NFL, The Superbowl, was first played on this day back in 1967. Originally, the game was created as part of the merger between the NFL and the AFL. The Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35 to 10, the halftime show was presented by the University of Arizona and the University of Michigan bands. The game was broadcast on CBS (24.43 million viewers) and NBC (26.75 million viewers) and the cost of a 30 second commercial cost $42,000. In comparison, last year’s Superbowl featured Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams during its halftime show, 164.1 million viewers tuned in and each 30 second commercial was fetched for $4 million.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for January 14

NBC's "Today" aired for the first time on January 14, 1952.

NBC's "Today" Show Airs for the First Time

On this day in 1952, NBC’s Today debuted for the first time. What is common place now, Today was the very first morning show of its kind and is the 5th longest running American television series. When the show began, the network toyed with calling it The Rise and Shine Revue! Today’s original host was Dave Garroway and featured chimpanzee J. Fred Muggs as the show’s mascot. He stayed with the show until June 16, 1961. Today held the number one spot for morning television until the late ‘80’s when rival Good Morning America took the reigns. Today began to be on top once again starting in December 1995 and held that position until April 9, 2012 when GMA took the ratings once again.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: Fortunately for Us, Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is Anything But

Neil Patrick Harris in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events."
Louis Hynes, Malina Weissman and Neil Patrick Harris. (Netflix)


In 1999, children (and their parents) were exposed to Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning, the first book in the A Series of Unfortunate Events books. It was unlike anything most have read before. It’s a tragic story where the author has no qualms telling his audience that the story will not get better. Still, the books became very popular and readers continued consuming each story regardless. One could say that Lemony Snicket (actually Daniel Handler) literally has a way with words. Each book in the series is a vocabulary lesson wrapped around fantastic characters and unbelievable tales told in a believable way.

In 2004, Nickelodeon attempted to create the first of three films based on the books that starred Jim Carrey as the book series’ villain. While the movie did reasonably well in theaters, it failed to resonate with fans and critics alike and the other two films were never made. Today, Netflix has released eight episodes of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, a new TV series that promises to be more faithful to the source material and so far, it has done just that. The eight episodes covers the adventures told in the first four books.

This Day in Pop Culture for January 13

Julia-Louis Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Born

Julia Scarlet Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus was born on this day in 1961. The actress’ first appearance on TV was as a performer on Saturday Night Live in 1982. She is best known for playing Elaine on Seinfeld for nine seasons. She has been married to Brad Hall since 1987 and her half-sister, actress Lauren Bowles, has appeared with Louis-Dreyfus numerous times on Seinfeld, Watching Ellie, The New Adventures of Old Christine and her current award-winning show, Veep.