The Greatest City Celebrates THE GREATEST SHOWMAN: A Week of Showman Activity Kicks Off Today!

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THE GREATEST CITY CELEBRATES THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

A week of Showman activity kicks off in New York today!

This morning, Zac Efron appeared live on TODAY to announce the start of THE GREATEST WEEK – a series of fun, fan-centric activities in New York to celebrate the release of THE GREATEST SHOWMAN.  A New York City-based musical extravaganza about the origins of show business and the power of imagination, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN hits theatres on December 20, 2017.  THE GREATEST WEEK is a part of a partnership with 20th Century Fox and NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, on a holiday campaign titled THE GREATEST NEW YORK CITY.

“‘The Greatest New York City’ campaign showcases extraordinary experiences during the holiday season, when the City puts on its greatest show,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company.  “Only New York City could host ‘The Greatest Week,’ and we invite fans to celebrate the film release across the City this week with specialty experiences involving our world-class arts, culture and attractions.”

Zac Efron and the TODAY hosts revealed this morning that the TODAY Plaza has been officially renamed “Showman Alley” in honor of THE GREATEST WEEK and viewers were directed to TODAY.com to learn full details of the week ahead.

Two lucky TODAY fans were also surprised with tickets to the film’s premiere tonight. The Greatest Showman red carpet event promises to be a truly unique experience: the first ever floating premiere takes place onboard the Cunard Queen Mary 2 cruise ship, which will be docked at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in front of an expansive view of the New York skyline. Fans worldwide can have a ring side seat for the premiere by watching the red carpet stream live starting at 5:30 pm ET / 2:30 pm PT on Yahoo! and Cunard’s Facebook pages, https://www.facebook.com/yahoo and https://www.facebook.com/cunard/.  The stream will also run simultaneously on the pages of Yahoo! Entertainment, Huffington Post, and Moviefone.

The fun continues tomorrow, December 9th at the Empire State Building with a lighting ceremony.  At 8:30 pm ET, the Empire State Building will debut “THE GREATEST MUSIC TO LIGHT SHOW” – the Building’s first ever LIVE music and light show, featuring Showman cast member Keala Settle performing music from the film LIVE, coordinated to the Empire State Building’s tower lights.  Fans worldwide can enjoy the show live on the Empire State Building’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/EmpireStateBuilding) starting at approximately 8:25 pm ET.

Sunday’s highlight, is “THE GREATEST SINGING AND SHOPPING EXPERIENCE, and there will be pop up performances of a song from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN and holiday favorites performed by Broadway artists – who will also be inviting shoppers to join in for some impromptu sing-alongs right in the middle of the Urbanspace Holiday Market at 3:00 pm ET in Union Square. There will also be a custom painted piano, courtesy of Sing for Hope.

On Monday, December 11th  “THE GREATEST PIANO BAR TAKEOVER” takes place at Club Cumming – actor Alan Cumming’s East Village piano bar – where Keala Settle will celebrate the holidays with a program of Holiday standards.  Broadway fans will be given the chance to win tickets to this intimate event by going to Show-Score.com.

Tuesday December 12th is “THE GREATEST KIDS” day. The Harlem School of Arts will perform a song from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN soundtrack and a Christmas favorite at a pop up concert at NASDAQ headquarters in Times Square.   Fans can watch and hear the kids sing starting at 12:10 pm ET on NASDAQ’S Facebook Live feed at  facebook.com/nasdaq.

On Wednesday December 13th , fans can feel “THE GREATEST INSPIRATION”.   Music lovers can come to the heart of the world for a heartfelt pop up concert in Times Square’s Duffy Square with the amazing Broadway Inspirational Voices choir. The choir will perform holiday classics and “Come Alive” from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN soundtrack at 3:00 pm ET.

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available now. Get it HERE!

THE GREATEST WEEK closes out on Thursday December 14th with a surprise, greatest performance for everyone to enjoy…stay tuned for more details!

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YOUNGER | S4E3 | “Forged in Fire” Review | #youngerTV

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Hello, my YOUNGER fam!! How did you all feel after this week’s episode? I have to say that this is one show that sends me on a 30 minute rollercoaster of emotions every week and I love every second of it!

This week we saw Liza continue trying to reel Kelsey back into the friendship realm, and was shot down yet again. Those moments where Kelsey just flat out ignores her are actually uncomfortable for me to watch…especially when they’re at work!

In any case, Millennial gets invited to attend a secret publishing retreat in the woods for the weekend, which could make or break any last ditch attempts to reclaim their friendship. Kelsey seemed extra bitchy in this episode as she continuously points out when she feels Liza isn’t acting the part of an actual millennial. She forces her to drink until Liza can take no more and throws up in a planter. This is the last straw that forces Liza to consider an offer to launch her own imprint at a rival publishing company. It’s funny because I hate the idea of Liza leaving Millennial BUT after Kelsey opposed the offer from Charles to give Liza a promotion I was actually rooting for Liza here. Come on, Kelsey! I know you’re mad and all, but that’s personal. Liza has done nothing but help you and you wouldn’t be where you are without her! Am I right??

It’s okay though because when Liza gets reception back on their way home to NYC, she realizes that Caitlin is being hospitalized. When Kelsey sees Liza jump into mom mode, she changes her tune. I think she understands now why Liza did what she did and she takes the initiative to ask Charles to offer Liza the promotion after all. She even offers to give Liza the raise out of her own salary! Classy move, Kels! I’m so glad this friendship is moving back in this direction. I’m sure they have so much to repair, but it’s worth it.

Meanwhile, Josh meets with Maggie at the coffee shop where her assistant, Montana, works and he is instantly infatuated. The latter ends up straddling Josh in a heated make-out session back at his apartment and, I just have to say . . . she better not get used to it! Josh belongs with Liza and that’s that!

Diana is also having a tough time of her own when she decides to introduce herself to her boyfriend’s ex-wife. His ex-wife laughs uncontrollably in response, which upsets Diana. Never fear! Diana seems to have a good one on her hands and he cheers her right up.

That sums up this week’s episode and I’m not mad at it!

 

Make sure to tune in to TVLand every Wednesday at 10pm for more of YOUNGER.

 

YOUNGER | S4E2 | “Gettin’ Hygge With It” Review | #youngerTV

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Our beloved YOUNGER bunch is definitely gettin’ hygge with it in this episode, and I’m not entirely ok with it! If you’re wondering what the heck “hygge” means, you are not alone. According to Empirical’s new client, “hygge” is the Danish idea for coziness.

Coziness: something that Josh and Kelsey are having no difficulty finding with each other at the moment.

Coziness: something Liza is awkwardly engaging in with Charles as she rubs his back spasm on the floor of his office.

Coziness: something Maggie is failing to achieve with her new barista friend, Montana, when she misreads her fangirling for flirting.

One dynamic duo that is NOT getting cozy right now is Liza and Kelsey, which is still making me both sad and angry. Ok Kelsey, we get that you feel betrayed, but that doesn’t really mean you have to be such a mega biatch to your bestie. Give the girl some slack. Lying was wrong, but she did what she had to do to advance her career. She didn’t do it with the intention of making friends and dating younger guys. Those were just a bonus. It hurts me to see Liza trying so hard to get back on Kelsey’s good side. It also killed me when Liza bumped into Josh on the street when they were both clearly trying to avoid each other. Ughhh . . . I need these relationships resolved asap!

This episode was the episode for giving words new meaning. Josh and Kelsey realize that Liza’s name literally says LIES-a. Way harsh, Josh, but it was a funny moment nonetheless. Lauren tells Max that Kelsey has a type and calls her a “doppelbänger,” which is one of the best things I’ve heard on TV in a long time. And, of course, we learned what “hygge” means and how it relates to the episode.

Speaking of learning new things. Kelsey is seemingly disgusted with Liza’s lack of millennial knowledge when she fails to identify what a meme is during a business meeting with Diana and Charles. Now that Kelsey is aware of Liza’s secret, everything she does is a reminder that she’s a liar in her forties.

After misjudging Colin (again) and his intentions (again), Kelsey brings him as her plus-one to the Empirical party, but quickly realizes he’s only there because he got dropped from his second book option and wants to convince Charles to jump in. Liza pulls Kelsey aside and offers unwanted advice regarding the adorable douchebag. She wants Kelsey to know that she deserves better than Colin. Someone who walks on the outside of the sidewalk. Kelsey doesn’t want to hear her “old lady” advice and leaves with him anyway. As he’s un-lovingly walking on the inside of the sidewalk, Kelsey almost gets hit by a biker. Colin is too busy to notice as he’s texting his agent about the possibly of getting the book option with Empirical, so Kelsey ditches him to go back home. To Josh’s apartment. I hate saying that.

Josh is having a party at the apartment and convinces Kelsey to join them for some two-stepping. I hate saying that too. Ugh. I’m all for platonic friendships, but he looks a little too longingly at Kelsey sometimes and it makes me nervous!

Let’s not forget that Diana is on the verge of discovering Liza’s secret because of all the bickering between her and Kelsey. It’s crazy, but I think Diana would be the one person to remain on Liza’s side even if (and when) she eventually does find out.

How do you all think Charles would react? I’m on the fence because Liza is Liza, but she just keeps digging that lie deeper and deeper when it comes to him. I just really love this show and the phenomenal writing, so I’m curious to see where it all goes.

Also . . . I’m a millennial so if Millennial or Empirical are hiring, I’m available lol. Let me know what you thought of the episode and how you used the term doppelbänger in a sentence this week haha. Here are some more outtakes to hold you over until next week:

Make sure to tune in to TVLand every Wednesday at 10pm for more of YOUNGER.

 

YOUNGER | S4E1 | “Post Truth” Review | #youngerTV

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You guys!!! It’s back!! Words can’t express how much I love this show. My only complaint is that each episode is only 30 minutes! We need more, TV Land! We need more!

The Season 4 premiere of YOUNGER, which aired on Wednesday, June 28th, picks up where Season 3 left off. Liza’s lies (say that five times) are catching up to her, and she’s forced to “unburden” her truth on Kelsey (Hilary Duff). The tension is high throughout the conversation, but Liza (Sutton Foster) has got to be exhausted from all the lying! Kelsey doesn’t take the news well and sneaks out of Maggie (Debi Mazar) and Liza’s apartment in the middle of the night.

Now let me say that, on a personal level, I don’t think what Liza did — lying about her age in order to be considered for a job she was already good at — was necessarily wrong, but I think she definitely should’ve told Josh (Nico Tortorella) and Kelsey a lot sooner. The truth always comes out in the end, and, let’s be real … when you marinate something for a little longer than necessary things can get salty. Do you like what I did there? lol.

In any case, Kelsey feels betrayed by her bestie and now has to face the burden of finding an apartment to live in. During a meeting with Charles (Peter Hermann) and Diana (Miriam Shor) regarding a potential book deal, Liza is determined to come clean with them as well. Before she can spill the beans though, Kelsey stops her in her tracks and saves her from ruining her career. Did her alone time allow her to consider Liza’s position and possibly forgive her? Not quite. She tells Liza that if she reveals the truth, the Millennial imprint will be done for — it’s all business.

Kelsey ends up bonding with Josh over their shared feelings of betrayal by Liza. Spoiler Alert (if you’re not caught up on Season 3): Josh is still heartbroken after finding Liza kissing Charles in the Hamptons right before he was about to propose! He tells Kelsey not to ask him about that night in the Hamptons ever again. Ugh … Josh’s heartbreak makes my heart break!

Surprisingly, Kelsey calls in Emily — the Entertainment Weekly writer who blackmailed Liza into publishing her labradoodle book in exchange for not revealing her secret — into the office for a chat. She tells Emily that they’ll only publish her book if she keeps Liza’s secret AND puts Millennial on EW’s 29 Under 29 list to garner more publicity. Liza takes this as a sign of forgiveness, but she’s dead wrong … again. After the EW party, Kelsey tells her that what she did was for the imprint, not for her. She doesn’t know that she’ll ever be able to forgive Liza because she broke her heart. And to be honest, this whole exchange broke mine! I love the friendship that Kelsey and Liza have, so to see it on the rocks like this is difficult. Especially when I can understand both sides. Liza didn’t have bad intentions when she started this lie of hers, but she took a little too long to reveal the truth to those who trusted her integrity. Kelsey has gone through a lot in the past few seasons, so to have the one person she relies on reveal this huge lie, I can see why she feels so utterly betrayed.

While Josh and Kelsey wallow in their feelings of betrayal, Liza goes out with Charles to see items related to Ernest Hemingway being sold that once belonged to his father. Liza sees love letters written by Hemingway to Marlene Dietrich, which Charles explains the two were “victims of unsynchronized passion.” Ummm … yes, Liza … that was probably directed at you!

I should tell you all now that while I’ve been on the fence regarding the Josh-Liza-Charles love triangle at times, I am definitely on Team Josh at the moment. Josh is young, yes. He’s a bit more spontaneous and wild as opposed to Charles, yes. But Josh loved Liza despite her lies and he wanted to start a family. He was about to propose to the girl and saw her kissing her boss (which is a no-no as it is)!

After the 29 Under 29 party, Lauren (Molly Bernard) offers Kelsey her Uber ride which has just arrived. Kelsey takes the bait and Lauren and Liza follow the Uber on Lauren’s phone to find out where Kelsey has been staying. Turns out she’s Josh’s new roommate! He greets her at the door with a set of keys and my immediate thought is … this will not end well!

Ughhhhh … why do you do this to us, YOUNGER?? We get it, cliff hangers are your thing. But our broken hearts can’t take much more! Either way, I’m as hooked as I was during the first season and I’m not going anywhere!

If you’re not caught up yet, you can find all the episodes on the TVLand app, On Demand and on Hulu. Also, it was announced recently that YOUNGER has been renewed for a 5th Season!

Make sure to tune in to TVLand every Wednesday at 10pm for more of YOUNGER.

 

Here are some outtakes from this episode to hold you over until next week:

 

‘GOOD TIME’ Trailer Starring Robert Pattinson | #goodtime #movie

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The first trailer for GOOD TIME is a haywire symphony of violence and mayhem, featuring Robert Pattinson and original music from OneOhTrix Point Never and Iggy Pop.

Josh and Benny Safdie’s latest film will have its world premiere In-Competition at the Cannes Film Festival next week. 

d783a63f-60b7-4ad0-b130-70b511bc79f8Following the mind-bending HEAVEN KNOWS WHAT, celebrated filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie return to the mean streets of New York City with GOOD TIME, a hypnotic crime thriller that explores with bracing immediacy the tragic sway of family and fate.

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

Anchored by a career-defining performance from Robert Pattinson, GOOD TIME is a psychotic symphony of propulsive intensity crafted by two of the most exciting young directors working today. Josh and Benny Safdie’s transcendent vision is an intoxicating portrait of desperation and destruction that will not be soon forgotten.

 IN THEATERS AUGUST 11 –

“MASTERCHEF” SEASON EIGHT BEGINS LATEST SEARCH WITH CASTING CALLS BEGINNING MARCH 5TH

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“MASTERCHEF” SEASON EIGHT BEGINS LATEST SEARCH FOR
AMERICA’S BEST HOME COOK WITH OPEN CASTING CALLS STARTING
SATURDAY, MARCH 5

  • Casting Calls for FOX’s Hit Cooking Competition Series to Take Place in San Diego, New York City, Oklahoma City, Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, Orlando, Portland, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
  • Visit http://www.masterchefcasting.com for the Most Up-to-Date Casting Information

America’s most-watched cooking competition show, MASTERCHEF, begins casting for its eighth season Saturday, March 5. Open casting calls will be held across the country in search of talented home cooks from all types of backgrounds and with a range of cooking styles.

The casting team is looking for home cooks who enjoy preparing everything from delightful desserts and hefty main courses to fine French cuisine, great tasting burgers and more! For anyone looking to follow their culinary dream – take this first step by preregistering on the casting website www.masterchefcasting.com and heading down to one of the open casting calls below.

Open casting calls will be held in the following cities:

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