Sunday, February 11, 2018

'The Greatest Showman' Takes Over the World - Video of the Day


While it took a little while to get there, the original musical movie The Greatest Showman is inspiring singers, dancers and musicians all over the world. Need proof? Here is some of the most popular videos running on YouTube today inspired by the movie.

Tomioka Dance Club performs "This is Me"

This Day in Pop Culture for February 11

Tina Louise was born on February 11, 1934.

The Original Ginger is Born

Actress Tina Louise, known for playing Ginger on Gilligan’s Island TV show was born on this day in 1934. Her breakout role came from 1958’s God’s Little Acre where she received a Golden Globe for “New Star of the Year.” She became Ginger Grant in 1964, a role that she was afraid would ruin her career, and continued playing it until 1967. (Originally the role was offered to Jayne Mansfield, but she turned it down.) Tina continued to act in both film and TV but, she never participated in any of the show’s reunion movies and unlike her co-stars, she did not lend her voice for the animated version of show which ran on Saturday mornings from 1974-1977. However, she did appear occasionally for reunions on talk shows, she appeared with Dawn Wells (who played Mary Ann on the show) for a commercial for the Jeopardy game show and she also made a brief appearance on Roseanne. Tina and Wells are the only two surviving cast members.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

This Day in Pop Culture for February 10

The first gold record was given on February 10, 1942.

The First Gold Record Is Awarded

The very first gold record was given to Glenn Miller from RCA Victor Bluebird for “Chattanooga Choo Choo” on this day in 1942. W. Wallace Early, the manager of record sales at that said, “We're mighty proud of that Chattanooga Choo Choo, and the man that made the record, Glenn Miller. You see it's been a long time – 15 years in fact – since any record has sold a million copies. And Chattanooga Choo Choo certainly put on steam and breezed right through that million mark by over 200,000 pressings. And we decided that Glenn should get a trophy. The best one we could think of is a gold record of Chattanooga.” In 1958, the Recording Industry Association of America introduced a gold record award program for any record which received one million dollars in retail sales.

2018 Winter Olympic Games: February 10

NBC Highlights: All Day
  • Snowboarding: Snowboarding men’s slopestyle gets underway with qualifying 
  • Short Track: Short Track, hugely popular in the host nation, begins with the men’s 1500m, plus qualifying in the women’s 500m and 3000m relay. Ghana-born and Virginia-raised Maame Biney, 18, leads Team USA in the women’s 500m. 
  • Ski Jumping: The first Ski Jumping medals will be awarded in the men’s individual normal hill final. 
  • Luge: Luge competition starts with the first two runs (of four) in men’s singles. 
  • Figure Skating: Team competition continues in figure skating with the short dance and the ladies’ short program. 
  • Alpine Skiing: In alpine, the “Attacking Vikings” of Norway – led by three-time Olympic medalist Aksel Lund Svindal – are among those seeking to prevent Austria’s Matthias Mayer from becoming the first repeat Olympic champion in the men’s downhill. 
  • 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Snowboarding: Men's Slopestyle Competition, Short Track: Men’s 1500m (Final), Women’s 500m (Qualifying), Women’s 3000m Relay (Qualifying), Ski Jumping: Men's Individual Normal Hill Gold Medal Final, Luge: Men’s Runs 1 & 2 
  • 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. - Figure Skating: Team Event (LIVE), Ice Dance Short Dance, Ladies’ Short Program, Alpine Skiing: Men’s Downhill Gold Medal Final 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. - Figure Skating: Team Event (LIVE), Pairs’ Free Skate
All Events Live Streamed on and the NBC Sports app

Friday, February 9, 2018

'Vintage' Rend Collective Video Unearthed - Video of the Day


Okay, so this video is old - like 2012 when the group was known as "The Rend Collective Experiment," but this short film is so full of life I just had to share. Enjoy!

This Day in Pop Culture for February 9

Carmen Miranda was born on February 9, 1909

Carmen Miranda is Born

While you may not know Carmen Miranda by name, you’ve no doubt seen photos or at least tributes to the Brazilian singer and dancer known for wearing very tall hats stuffed with fruit. Carmen was born on this day in 1909. Before her performing career, she sold ties at age 14. She recorded here first single, “Samba Não vá Simbora” in 1929 and appeared on film for the first time in 1932. Her first appearance in an American film was in Down Argentine Way (1940), but her native country became skeptical of her claiming that she gave into American commercialism. She appeared in numerous films including That Night in Rio with Don Ameche (1941), Copacabana with Groucho Marx (1947) and Scared Stiff with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin (1953). Many assume that Carmen appeared in Disney’s The Three Caballeros dancing with Donald Duck, but that was her sister Aurora. It was Carmen's image that inspired the Chiquita Banana logo in 1943.

2018 Winter Olympic Games: February 9

NBC Highlights: 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Opening Ceremony - Mike Tirico and Katie Couric host coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. This marks the first time a South Korean city has staged a Winter Games; Seoul was the summer host in 1988.
All Events Live Streamed on and the NBC Sports app

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Katie Couric Stars in New Documentary Series

America Inside Out with Katie Couric
Katie Couric (L) greets a child at the Islamic Association of Raleigh, NC.
 (National Geographic/Ben McKeown)


National Geographic today announced the title of the network’s latest project with Katie Couric: America Inside Out with Katie Couric. The six-part documentary series follows Couric as she travels the country to talk with the people bearing witness to the most complicated and consequential questions in American culture today.

Inspired by her own journey making National Geographic’s critically acclaimed documentary Gender Revolution, Couric travels to dozens of cities across North America — from Freemont, Nebraska, to Montgomery, Alabama, to talk with hundreds of people to get an inside look at pressing social issues, including gender inequality, Muslims in America, political correctness, white working-class anxiety, the battle over Confederate monuments and statues and how technology is affecting our humanity.
Couric enlists cultural icons, experts and everyday people to help her look past the noise, politics and individual discomfort to understand complicated truths. Examples include Farris Barakat, whose brother Deah, a dental student, was murdered in what many believe was an anti-Muslim hate crime; residents of Erie, Pennsylvania, who have faced a steady decline in jobs and are having to reimagine their futures; and an Oregon family whose 20-year-old son is headed to a three-month technology rehab echnology rehab after falling into gaming addiction.

“As a nation, we are in the midst of unsettling, often head-spinning change — how we live, how we communicate, how we see the past, the future and each other,” says Couric. “I wanted to explore some of the thorniest, most divisive issues facing the country, and give people the tools to have a conversation, not just an opinion. In the instantaneous, 24/7 news cycle, people seem to want affirmation, not information. That makes it all the more important to step out of our comfort zones and be open to different perspectives. I want to revive the lost art of listening, because when we understand each other, it can help us reclaim our empathy and humanity, and forge a path forward.”

America Inside Out with Katie Couric premieres April 11, 2018 on the National Geographic channel.