Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the mid-season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., stop reading now. READ FULL STORY
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On tonight’s Voice results show and family reunion of sorts — featuring returning contestants the Swon Brothers, Michelle Chamuel, Cassadee Pope (who got a plaque!), and Danielle Bradbery — two of the Top 5 artists have been eliminated. They are…. READ FULL STORY
What is your damage!? If this news doesn’t make you want to dust off your Big Fun album, conduct a lunchtime poll, or simply play a rousing round of croquet, then you’re being a real cooze.
Heathers: The Musical, the stage adaptation of the 1989 cult-classic dark comedy about teen suicide and scrunchies, will make its New York premiere at Off Broadway’s New World Stages. The limited engagement will begin previews March 17, 2014, in anticipation of opening night March 31.
The musical, which enjoyed a sold-out premiere in Los Angeles earlier this year, features book, music, and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe (Legally Blonde) and Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness). Andy Fickman will direct, with choreography by Emmy winner Marguerite Derricks.
What is the story of Heathers, you ask? The original comedy stars Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer, a sardonic misfit who finds herself hanging out with Westerberg High’s most popular clique, a trio of shoulder-padded hotties all named Heather. When Veronica meets the mysterious J.D., she finds herself accidentally responsible for launching a string of deaths that become suspiciously in vogue among the high school hierarchy.
The holidays: A time for family, presents, eggnog, and to finally learn “What does the fox say?” Christmas-style.
Besides competing to see which neighbor can rack up the highest electricity bill come January, folks all over the world prepare for this time of year by turning their yard into Santa’s workshop or a nativity scene. Some take it even further, adding a little pop-culture twist. This year, the Perkins family of Tulsa, Oklahoma, answered Ylvis’ question when they posted a light show synced to the Norway comedy duo’s viral sensation “The Fox.” Check it out here:
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Before The Voice‘s first season premiered, it was marketed as the reality singing competition that would get rid of all the gimmicks. It was about nothing but pure talent. There weren’t judges, but instead, there were friendly coaches, who would find good vocalists and help them become great. The auditions were blind, which ensured that only the very best singers would get the chance to compete on the show, regardless of their appearance. It was all about the notes, the runs, the falsettos, and the voices that sent chills down viewers’ spines. This was The Voice.
Five seasons later, I’ve finally given up on the show. To me, season 1 was the only one that got things 100 percent right. From the moment Javier Colon started singing “Time After Time” in his blind audition, it was clear that we had just met The Voice of the season. I’m not saying he had the biggest voice, because I don’t think that’s what this show is about. It’s about having that talent, plus a little something extra that makes your voice different but is impossible to put into words. And Colon defined that.
After joining Team Adam, Colon continued his climb to the top. Each week, he was the clear leader until he was eventually crowned the winner. It wasn’t a surprising ending, but it was the right one. And viewers tuned in every week to hear Colon’s smooth-as-silk performance.
Cut to now, four seasons later, and The Voice finds itself in an unhealthy dilemma that seems to make it impossible for us to get through a season without an “upset.” Full disclosure: I can’t speak much about season 2 winner Jermaine Paul, because I didn’t watch that entire season. But I can speak to the pattern that was formed in seasons 3 and 4, and more importantly, what it is about season 5 that has made this fan walk away from her television for good.
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'Sons of Anarchy': Jimmy Smits previews the heavy season finale (and lightens up with our Personality Test)
Sons of Anarchy‘s violent sixth season comes to an end tonight (FX, 10 p.m. ET), and Jimmy Smits admits he took a deep breath before he cracked the finale’s script.
“Just because Kurt Sutter, the executive producer who’s in charge of the writer’s room — can I curse? — likes to blow s–t up,” Smits says, with a laugh. “And I mean that in a lot of ways. Not just literally, although they do sometimes blow s–t up. All the characters are left off-kilter, which is a great thing to play as an actor. But there’s that moment where you’re like, ‘That bullet could have my guy’s name on it.’ One of the first shots of the episode is this dove getting smashed by a motorcycle. I was like, ‘Whoa, this is the jump-off point?’” (“No animals were harmed,” he adds. “It was all CGI. CGI!”)
In the penultimate episode, Nero (Smits) learned from Juice that Jax had ordered him to kill Darvany, the mother of the 11-year-old who used a gun that can be traced back to Nero’s Byz-Lats and SAMCRO in a school shooting during the season premiere. Nero also learned from Alvarez that the Mayans MC are preparing to side with the Chinese in a war against SAMCRO and Marks’ Niners, should it come to that. ”A recurring resonant chord that’s hit in the show is betrayal — and what happens in this world that we’re in when betrayals happen,” Smits says. “The pull between Nero’s supposed end game that he thought he had and now this family and the MC are really tugging at him. So he’s got to make some decisions there that are gonna impact things.”
With enough drama on the show, we opted to give Smits a few laughs with our EW Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below. READ FULL STORY
With the huge ratings success of The Sound of Music Live! (18.6 million viewers tuned in for the three-hour broadcast last week), it’s no surprise NBC has announced plans to do it all again. Next holiday season, NBC will once again stage a live musical. In an interview with The New York Times, NBC President Robert Greenblatt said the only requirements were that the musical would need to be family-friendly and have lots of recognizable songs.
While there are plenty of beloved musicals to choose from (Laura Benanti told EW her pick is White Christmas with her, Audra McDonald, Stephen Moyer, and Christian Borle), my personal pick is just a bit more, well, magical: Next year, I want NBC to stage a live production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Beyoncé as the Fairy Godmother.
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Stick that on your sledgehammer and lick it.
MTV announced this morning that its music and news teams have selected their Best Artist of 2013: Miley Cyrus. Past recipients of this relatively new honor include Katy Perry and One Direction. (And, er, only those two; this is the third year MTV’s named a Best Artist.)
This year’s pick should come as no surprise; the channel says that Cyrus’s MTV artist page was visited more than any other on its website, and her “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines” VMA medley with Robin Thicke was its most watched video of 2013.
Cyrus isn’t the only one winning accolades from MTV: The net has also put together a full list of the year’s top 10 artists. After taking into account album and single sales, touring, airplay, social media, Internet, and “overall impact,” here’s who made the cut:
If you, like my family, have made plans to head to New York this December but have not planned far enough ahead to, say, buy tickets to a Broadway show, you’re in luck: there are plenty of others like you who are spontaneous theatergoers. Well, fly-by-night patrons in search of available, affordable, AND quality tickets need not worry about getting last pick, a la an unfortunate dodgeball game or holiday dinner behind greedier and more robust relatives.
EW’s stage team has highlighted seven shows (four Broadway, three Off Broadway) that you should — and more importantly can – still get tickets to upon your visit these next few weeks in December. They’re sensational shows, only made better by the fact that you don’t necessarily have to wait in the cold at TKTS or book months in advance to enjoy the experiences that people may still be fond of next year. (Also, stick around EW.com next week for our editor’s Top 10 stage picks of 2013!)
Big Fish (EW’s Grade: B+)
You only have a few more weeks to catch this extraordinarily inventive and heartstring-tugging love letter to the grand traditions of musical theater (with the production values of 2013 thrown in, of course) before it closes December 29. Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz is utterly mesmerizing, as are the supporting cast (like the dynamite Kate Baldwin, whose name you’ll be hearing more and more) and an old-fashioned score by Andrew Lippa that will have you humming for days. READ FULL STORY
Kinda. Sorta. Well, not really. But for a few brief, shining moments on Dec. 9 and 10, a gaggle of alumni from NBC’s failed musical experiment banded together to put on a show: a concert version of Hit List, the hip downtown musical that tried to wrest our attention from Bombshell in season 2.
As fans (and, yes, hate-watchers) know, in the context of the series, that attempt was largely unsuccessful — even if Hit List did go on to win a bunch of fake Tony awards. But in a small, moodily lit cabaret, when performed uninterrupted for an audience stacked with Smash partisans and Broadway insiders, something completely unexpected happened: Hit List worked. Sure, the show wasn’t exactly the groundbreaking edgefest Smash kept trying to insist it was — and it also wasn’t the self-referential campfest I was hoping it might be. But as a simple fable about a beautiful, fame-hungry jerk and the talented boy who inexplicably loves her, I could see this thing having legs beyond its three-performances-only run. (If and only if its writers can work out the rights issues with NBC, which might be impossible.)
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