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Little Mermaid Live!: Behind-the-Scenes Video Reveals What Disney's Musical Event Will Actually Look Like

Little Mermaid Live!: Behind-the-Scenes Video Reveals What Disney's Musical Event Will Actually Look Like
The Little Mermaid Live! is setting out to prove that it really is better down where it’s wetter. Take it from… the cast.

During Monday’s Dancing With the Stars — the competition’s annual Disney Night, naturally — ABC offered a behind-the-scenes look at The Little Mermaid Live!, revealing how different elements like puppets and aerialists will be incorporated into the live broadcast.

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Dancing With the Stars Recap: Who Should Go Home After Disney Night?

The Little Mermaid Live! is still a few weeks away, but ABC has already sprinkled some Disney magic, courtesy of Dancing With the Stars.

As is tradition — dictated by corporate synergy! — the competition series staged its latest Disney Night on Monday, featuring routines inspired by beloved films, as well as a whooole lotta promotion for the Disney+ streaming service. Did you know it launches on Nov. 12? And that you can pre-order right now? If not, Tom Bergeron will remind you!

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How to Get Away With Murder Recap: How Michaela Got Her Groove Back

How to Get Away With Murder Recap: How Michaela Got Her Groove Back
Need to catch up? Read our previous How to Get Away With Murder recap here.

How to Get Away With Murder’s final season is barely underway, but it’s nonetheless been rough for Michaela Pratt.

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Thus far this season, Michaela has been blindsided by Annalise’s connection to her birth father, tracked down said father only to discover
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ABC's Little Mermaid Live! Adds Glee Alum Amber Riley as Emcee

ABC's Little Mermaid Live! Adds Glee Alum Amber Riley as Emcee
Amber Riley is going under the sea to join ABC’s The Little Mermaid Live!… and fingers fins crossed she’ll be singing, too.

The Glee veteran has signed on to serve as emcee of the Alphabet network’s upcoming live presentation of the animated Disney classic, TVLine has learned. Riley “will present the Daughters of Triton with a special performance for King Triton and his subjects,” according to the network.

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‘The Little Mermaid Live!’: Amber Riley To Emcee ABC Musical

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‘The Little Mermaid Live!’: Amber Riley To Emcee ABC Musical
Glee alum Amber Riley has been cast as the emcee in The Little Mermaid Live!, the hybrid musical event that airs on ABC next month.

She joins the previously announced cast including Auli’i Cravalho as Ariel, Queen Latifah (Ursula) and Shaggy (Sebastian), Graham Phillips (Prince Eric) and John Stamos (Chef Louis).

Billed as a tribute to the original animated classic and its music, The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live! will feature live musical performances interwoven into the broadcast of the original feature film. The hybrid format will combine sets and costumes created for the special with music from the original animated film and the Tony-winning Broadway stage version, composed by eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken. Howard Ashman’s film lyrics will also be showcased, with Glenn Slater, lyricist for the Broadway adaptation, as a contributor.

Riley played Mercedes Jones for the entire run of Fox’s
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‘Little Mermaid Live’ Adds ‘Glee’ Alum Amber Riley

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ABC’s upcoming live staging of “The Little Mermaid” has added Amber Riley to its cast.

Riley will appear as the emcee for the show and will present the Daughters of Triton with a special performance for King Triton and his subjects. She joins previously announced cast members Auli’i Cravalho (Ariel), Queen Latifah (Ursula), Shaggy (Sebastian), John Stamos (Chef Louis), and Graham Phillips (Prince Eric).

Riley is best known for her role on the critically-acclaimed Fox musical series “Glee.” She also previously appeared alongside Queen Latifah in NBC’s live staging of “The Wiz.” Her other TV roles include “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and the TV movie “One Christmas Wish.” She also won Season 17 of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2013. She made her West End debut in 2016 in the revival of “Dreamgirls.”

She is repped by CAA, Sb Projects, and Myman Greenspan.

The Wonderful World of Disney
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James Van Der Beek would set an unprecedented streak with a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ victory

James Van Der Beek would set an unprecedented streak with a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ victory
After a one-week hiatus, James Van Der Beek has reclaimed the top spot in our “Dancing with the Stars” odds as not only the one to beat, but the guy to beat. The next closest man in our odds is — gulp — Sean Spicer in seventh place. If the “Dawson’s Creek” alum does take home the Mirrorball, he’d be the fifth consecutive man to win, marking the longest win streak by either gender on the show.

“Dancing” has had a pretty even split through 27 seasons with 13 female champs and 14 male champs. But there has been some same-sex domination in there, but none more than four in a row: Seasons 2 through 5 were won by men; Seasons 15 through 18 were won by women; and since Season 24, we’ve had dude champs.

See ‘Dancing with the Stars’ slugfest: James Van Der Beek back on top or is Kate Flannery now the frontrunner?

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Pose's Mj Rodriguez Stuns in This "Suddenly Seymour" Performance on The Late Late Show

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In case you were wondering exactly how talented Pose star Mj Rodriguez is, the limit does not exist! The actress appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden to perform alongside her Little Shop of Horrors costar George Salazar, and we're properly blown away by their rendition. The two delivered their first television performance of the show's classic love ballad "Suddenly Seymour" with just a few folding chairs and a blessed chorus to back them up, and damn did they deliver! Seriously, those runs? Those harmonies?! Musical-lovers will definitely be eating well with this performance!

Salazar and Rodriguez currently star in the Pasadena Playhouse revival of the 1982 horror musical as the eponymous Seymour and his star-crossed love interest Audrey, respectively. The new production has a limited run until Oct. 20, and also stars Glee alum Amber Riley as the mouthy Venus flytrap Audrey II. Check out the stellar performance above,
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Pose's Mj Rodriguez Stuns in This "Suddenly Seymour" Performance on The Late Late Show

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Pose's Mj Rodriguez Stuns in This
In case you were wondering exactly how talented Pose star Mj Rodriguez is, the limit does not exist! The actress appeared on The Late Late Show With James Corden to perform alongside her Little Shop of Horrors costar George Salazar, and we're properly blown away by their rendition. The two delivered their first television performance of the show's classic love ballad "Suddenly Seymour" with just a few folding chairs and a blessed chorus to back them up, and damn did they deliver! Seriously, those runs? Those harmonies?! Musical-lovers will definitely be eating well with this performance!

Salazar and Rodriguez currently star in the Pasadena Playhouse revival of the 1982 horror musical as the eponymous Seymour and his star-crossed love interest Audrey, respectively. The new production has a limited run until Oct. 20, and also stars Glee alum Amber Riley as the mouthy Venus flytrap Audrey II. Check out the stellar performance above,
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‘The Masked Singer’ spoilers: Who is the Black Widow?

Fox has a huge hit with “The Masked Singer,” a reality competition series that is adapted from the South Korean series of the same name. Nick Cannon introduces celebrities who perform songs while completely hidden in elaborate costumes. Part of the fun is guessing which famous faces are hidden behind these masks. We learned the identity of one star at the end of Wednesday’s episode 2 when the Panda was revealed to be Laila Ali.

The other three famous folk move on in the competition. But who are they? We’ve analyzed the clues that they gave to their identities as well as the comments of the four judges. Keep reading for “The Masked Singer” spoilers on the true identity of the Black Widow.

In her clues package, Black Widow said she had lived in the public eye for years and welcomed us to her “empire.” She made reference to
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‘The Masked Singer’ episode 3 recap: Was Black Widow, Flamingo, Leopard or Panda eliminated from Group C? [Updating Live Blog]

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‘The Masked Singer’ episode 3 recap: Was Black Widow, Flamingo, Leopard or Panda eliminated from Group C? [Updating Live Blog]
The Masked Singer” Season 2 is still in its introductory phase, with this week’s third hour welcoming Black Widow, Flamingo, Leopard and Panda to Fox’s wild and wacky reality TV show. The four new costumed celebrities faced off in two separate match-ups, with the winner of each pairing determined by the votes of the in-studio audience and judges Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy and Robin Thicke. The two lowest vote-getters then duked it out in the Smackdown, with one surviving to another day and the other being unmasked in front of America. So how’d it all play out?

SEEMissed opportunity? ‘The Masked Singer’ Season 2 should be airing Live on Fox, and here’s 4 reasons why

Below, check out our minute-by-minute “The Masked Singer” recap of Season 2, Episode 3, titled “Return of the Masks: Group C,” to find out what happened Wednesday, October 2 at 8/7c. Then be sure to
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The Masked Singer Recap: Check Meowt

The Masked Singer Recap: Check Meowt
During Wednesday’s Masked Singer, host Nick Cannon gave a startlingly real description of what it’s like to take part in Fox’s loony reality singing competition, and it’s too apt not to share: Those who don’t get voted off as the weeks go by “keep wearing a sweat-drenched costume while lying to their friends and family.” Puts the show in a whole new light, no?

Anywhooo, this week’s episode included just two faceoffs: Black Widow vs. Leopard and Flamingo vs. Panda. It also featured a flashy new video floor, a cameo by the Almost Family
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‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Review: Campy Classic Devours Pasadena Playhouse With Soul, Heart And Inclusivity

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‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ Review: Campy Classic Devours Pasadena Playhouse With Soul, Heart And Inclusivity
The original production of Little Shop of Horrors first debuted Off-Off-Broadway in 1982 and then suddenly Seymour and company made their way to the Orpheum Theater for an Off-Broadway production that ran for five years. A hybrid of sci-fi and comedy, the musical about a carnivorous plant looking to take over the world became a cult classic spawning numerous productions and had a film adaptation starring Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene in 1986. After almost four decades, it has still retained its cult status with its R&b flair and irreverent, yet earnest lyrics and the new production at the Pasadena Playhouse continues the tradition with a fresh, inclusive iteration of the musical favorite.

The genre-driven musical comedy with music by Alan Menken and book and lyrics by the late, great Howard Ashman still feeds the soul with camp, humor, heart and its subversive charm. The Pasadena Playhouse production may just be a cast of eight,
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Billy Porter Talks Historic Emmy Win, Mj Rodriguez in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

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Billy Porter Talks Historic Emmy Win, Mj Rodriguez in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’
It’s been quite a week for “Pose” star Billy Porter.

“You know, it’s a whirlwind. I’m trying to breathe, trying to take it all in, you know. It’s a lot coming at me and I feel very blessed,” Porter told Variety on the red carpet Wednesday for the opening night of “Little Shop of Horrors” at Pasadena Playhouse.

Just a couple of days after his historic Emmy win — which saw him become the first openly gay Black man to win the award for Lead Actor in a Drama Series — and announcing that he’ll make his TV directorial debut on season 3 of “Pose,” Porter was out in full force to support his co-star Mj Rodriguez, who stars in the production.

“There’s a lot of love coming my way from all sides,” Porter said of the reaction to his win. “It’s really inspiring and I
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Valerie Harper, TV's Rhoda, Dead at 80

Valerie Harper, TV's Rhoda, Dead at 80
TV veteran Valerie Harper, who starred as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as well as her own self-titled spinoff, has died at the age of 80, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In March 2013, Harper revealed that she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare and typically incurable form of cancer; at the time, she said doctors had given her as little as three months to live.

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Film News Roundup: Steve Coogan Selected for Charlie Chaplin Award From BAFTA La

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Film News Roundup: Steve Coogan Selected for Charlie Chaplin Award From BAFTA La
In today’s film news roundup, Steve Coogan will receive the Charlie Chaplin award, Aaron Eckhart and Marisa Coughlan get cast and Swiss thriller “The Innocent” gets a Us release.

Award

Steve Coogan has been selected as the recipient of the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles.

He joins previously announced honoree Jane Fonda, who will receive the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film, and Jackie Chan, who will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment. The awards will be presented on Oct. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Throughout his three-decade career, Coogan has mastered the art of making people laugh and continues to entertain audiences with his brilliant portrayal of comedic characters. His most popular creation – the politically incorrect media personality, Alan Partridge – garnered him worldwide recognition as one of the greatest TV characters,
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TV Review: ‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’

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Hop on Twitter, and you will find a multitude of posts from frustrated black women decrying everything from cultural appropriation – to be clear, Kim Kardashian did not create cornrows – to the deplorable and racist way four freshman congresswomen of color have been villainized by the Potus.

In contrast, much-needed moments of levity by black women and for black women are much harder to find. That’s going to change when HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” premieres Friday. Funny, irreverent, subversive and self-aware the series, created and executive produced by comedian Robin Thede, is rife with brilliant bits meant to be shared via social media. Every episode (HBO previewed the first six for critics) has at least three noteworthy sketches that will make viewers revel, ruminate and post. Even the title sequence, which features puppets and Megan thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl,” is sharable.

In the pilot, there is
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Film News Roundup: Bella Thorne’s Crime Drama ‘Southland’ Starts Shooting

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Film News Roundup: Bella Thorne’s Crime Drama ‘Southland’ Starts Shooting
In today’s film news roundup, a Bella Thorne crime drama is shooting, Cinepolis is expanding in the Us and Bill Duke’s “The Killing Floor” is acquired.

Production Start

Bella Thorne’s crime drama “Southland” has begun production in Oklahoma with Joshua Caldwell directing from his own script.

The story follows two young lovers who rob their way across the southland, posting their exploits to social media and gaining fame and followers along the way. The film also stars Jake Manley (“The Order”), Amber Riley (“Glee”) and Michael Sirow.

“I could not have shot ‘Southland’ anywhere but in Oklahoma,” said Caldwell. “Its geographical diversity allows it to stand in for a multitude of other locations, including Florida and Texas, and the land on which this state rests is both haunting and beautiful.”

Southland” began principal photography in Guthrie and will continue throughout the month filming in multiple communities in the central Oklahoma region.
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‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Trailer: HBO and Issa Rae Change the Game Again

HBO has released the first official trailer for its new sketch comedy series, and the biggest reason to be excited about it is all in the title. “A Black Lady Sketch Show” was written by stand-up comedian and writer Robin Thede and executive produced by “Insecure” creator Issa Rae (Thede is also an Ep). The star-studded trailer includes a dizzying mash-up of guest appearances, but the core cast includes Thede, Quinta Brunson, Ashley Nicole Black, and Gabrielle Dennis. The official logline describes the show as “a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests.”

Celebrity guests who appear in the trailer include the great Angela Bassett, David Alan Grier, and Laverne Cox. In addition to their talents, the impressive roster also includes Tia Mowry, Aja Naomi King, Patti Labelle, Lena Waithe, Amber Riley, Yvonne Orji, Loretta Devine, Gina Torres, Lil Rel Howery,
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Glee Costars Reunited at a Bar to Sing "Shallow" and "The Circle of Life," and I Can't Stop Smiling

A few former castmates of the hit show Glee got together for a fun reunion on Friday. Costars Chord Overstreet, Jenna Ushkowitz, Harry Shum Jr., Kevin McHale, Darren Criss, Diana Agron, and Amber Riley hit up Los Angeles piano bar Tramp Stamp Granny's - which is co-owned by Darren and his wife, Mia - before sharing a couple of photos that sent Glee fans into a frenzy.

The snaps feature the seven friends smiling into the camera looking . . . gleeful. While one photo is super blurry, the other is much more lucid. "Reality vs expectations," Kevin joked, posting a gallery with the hazy picture followed by the clear shot. Harry also posted the photos, adding, "This was a fun reunion and all but where did my legs go in this pic?"

Throughout the night, the stars enjoyed a few karaoke sessions, singing tunes such as Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's
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