Thursday, April 20, 2017

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 World Premiere



The stars of Marvel Studios' "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" hit the red carpet for the world premiere at the Dolby Theater last night.

Written and directed by James Gunn, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” brings back the misfit Guardians who must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.








Stars from the film who attended the premiere included: Kurt Russell, Sylvester Stallone, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Steve Agee, Stephen Blackehart, Evan Jones, Jimmy Urine, Rob Zombie, Joe Fria, Wyatt Oleff,  Milynn Sarley; Kevin Feige (producer),  James Gunn (writer/director), Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda, Stan Lee (executive producers) 

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hits theaters on May 5th. 

For 50th Anniversary CTG Announces Partnerships

Danai Gurira

$1 Million Edgerton Foundation Playwrights Initiative will Support
Center Theatre Group’s Involvement in Individual Commissioning Arrangements with
Goodman Theatre, the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre and Second Stage Theater

Center Theatre Group Artistic Director Michael Ritchie announced separate co-commissioning partnerships with four internationally renowned theatres. Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, London’s Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre, and New York’s Second Stage Theater have each individually joined with Center Theatre Group to commission multiple works over the next decade.  In addition, choreographer/director Matthew Bourne, playwright Danai Gurira and director Anna D. Shapiro have expanded their relationships with Center Theatre Group as Associate Artists.

A $1 million grant from the Edgerton Foundation will support Center Theatre Group’s portion of co-commissions from playwrights such as Jon Robin Baitz (Pulitzer finalist and Tony nominee), Will Eno (Pulitzer finalist), Danai Gurira (Tony nominee), Lisa Kron (Tony winner), Young Jean Lee (Obie winner), Lynn Nottage (two-time Pulitzer winner), Qui Nguyen (Steinberg Award winner), Al Smith (Sunday Times Playwriting Award winner) and Paula Vogel (Pulitzer winner). Titled the Edgerton Foundation Playwrights Initiative, the grant is intended to allow Center Theatre Group to commission at least two shows annually with each of the four theatres.

“In recognition of Center Theatre Group’s long-standing mission to develop new art for the American stage, we are excited to offer commissioning funds for more than 50 new plays in the Edgerton Foundation Playwrights Initiative in partnership with four other theatres in Chicago, New York and London. By jointly developing each of these new plays with two talented theatre staffs, we hope to increase the number of productions that will journey to many regional theatres, Broadway and the West End,” said Brad Edgerton, MD, President, Edgerton Foundation.

“The Edgerton Foundation Playwrights Initiative is allowing us to make bigger, bolder investments in some of the world’s best playwrights,” said Michael Ritchie. “Co-commissioning with some of the top theatres in the U.S. and London allows us to put our resources together in support of the creation and production of new work around the world—with a clear path to Broadway thanks to our new connection to Second Stage and their Helen Hayes Theater.”

'Absinthe' Is Both Raunchy And Entertaining


There is something risqué, weird, dangerous, hilarious, shocking and wildly entertaining happening on the roof of LA Live.

It’s called Absinthe by Spiegelworld and it is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.  Called the “Greatest Show In The History Of Las Vegas,” Absinthe is an in-your-face, steroid mixture of adult-themed vaudeville, burlesque and the circus. It’s chock full of astonishing acrobatics and wild stunts.  The F-bombs fly freely as does the explicit and graphic sexual references.

Even if you're not a prude, your blush will blush.

So, if you are the least bit of a square or someone who gets offended easily, you’d do well to steer clear of Absinthe. But you’d be missing an incredible experience. This show is a must see!

This isn’t your grandmother’s circus - unless she is open-minded and too cool for school.  

Gazillionaire

The show, set in an intimate setting, is produced and hosted by a foul-mouthed and hilarious man named Gazillionaire, who keeps the showing moving along with some of the most off-color repartee and offensive antics you’ll ever see or hear.

Gazillionaire is a gold-toothed, gold-shoed, gold jacket wearing, slick-haired, scumbag who keeps the show flowing. His partner in crime is the diminutive, yet equally vulgar Daisy Dibble.

This show is too much fun. From start to finish, audiences are either on the edge of their seat in amazement or on the edge of their seat in hysterics.



This is probably as politically incorrect as any show could get.  Be warned! No one is safe!  Gazillionaire and Daisy Dibble talk about gays, blacks, whites, hispanics, women, men, Republicans, Democrats, the bald, the hairy, the rich and the poor.  It’s all done in good fun resulting in falling-in-the-aisles laughter.

You’ve never seen anything like this. Although there is a comedic element to Absinthe, make no mistake about it, the acts are genuine displays of mind-blowing talent. The show is 90-minutes of no-holds-barred phenomenal acts.

The show features miraculous acts performed by sexy performers with envious, incredibly chiseled and toned bodies. 


The show starts off with a jaw-dropping display of balance as Edmund, the show’s bartender, tries to make his way to the heavens by balancing himself on chairs stacked on top of each other. There is a group called The Lost Boys, who rock the place with their gymnastic routines. Los Dos Tacos are two gymnasts who do an eye-opening routine on the horizontal bars. Lady Bubblelicious stretches and contorts high above the crowd in a bubble. The Moscow City Rollers display an incredible amount of strength in a skating act that will leave you scratching your head. Misty West 88th Street gets the men going with her slow and sexy striptease.  The Silicon Valley Girls twist and turn – sometimes simultaneously in the air. Max Matterhorn likes to balance on poles. His act is mesmerizing.

Absinthe is now in its sixth sold-out year at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  The show is in Los Angeles through May 28.

Absinthe is recommended for ages 18 and above.

On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likeable), O (oh, yeah) and E (excellent), Absinthe gets an E (excellent).

Absinthe, Spiegelworld Tent at L.A. Live’s Event Deck, 1005 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles CA 90015; playing now through May 28; Tues.-Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Sundays 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.;  prices start at $49;  For information: AbsintheLA.com.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vanessa Bell Calloway Makes Directorial Debut


ATLANTA – (April 16, 2017) – Directed by series star Vanessa Bell Calloway, Bounce’s breakout hit original drama series Saints & Sinners returns with an all-new episode on Sunday, April 16, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). On this weeks episode, drama ensues as Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) and Rex Fisher (Clifton Powell) reveal the truth about their past to Kendrick Murphy (Tray Chaney) and Christie Johnson (Jasmine Burke).  Meanwhile, Miles Calloway (Keith Robinson) and Christie Johnson mourn the loss of a loved one. 

Season two brings viewers back to Cypress, Georgia, the sleepy southern town outside Atlanta which has been rocked by the murders of a beloved pastor and the town’s Mayor. Death’s shadow continues to loom over the town’s epicenter, Greater Hope Baptist Church, as a dead body is discovered on its grounds, bringing up the church’s sordid past along with it. As concealed secrets claw their way to the surface, new alliances are formed and deceit, jealousy and compromising sexual affairs threaten to shatter lives and demolish the heart of the church and the town forever. As everyone’s dark past comes to light, the difference between being a saint or a sinner becomes more distorted than ever.

Saints & Sinners stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Christian Keyes, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke and Keith Robinson. Joining the core cast this season: Tray Chaney (The Wire), Demetria McKinney (House of Payne) and Karlie Redd (Love & Hip Hop Atlanta).   

Saints & Sinners is produced in partnership with Swirl Film's Eric Tomosunas (Undershepard, 35 and Ticking).  

Bounce is the only emerging broadcast network producing original scripted series. The network's three originally-produced sitcoms Mann & WifeIn The Cut and Family Time have all seen ratings grow season after season.  

Saturday, April 15, 2017

NBC Network Sets Upcoming Summer Schedule

Competition Series “World of Dance” with Judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and Host/Mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum Premieres May 8 in Post-“Voice” Timeslot

Summer’s #1 Series “America’s Got Talent” (May 30), with New Host Tyra Banks, and Audience Favorite “American Ninja Warrior” (June 12) Launch New Seasons

Alternative Series “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” Premieres June 21; Midseason Success “The Wall” (June 22), “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” (June 12) and “Hollywood Game Night” (Aug. 7) Are Also Back for More 

Comedy Hit “The Carmichael Show” Returns (May 31) and New Comedy “Marlon” Premieres Aug. 16


Summer Gets Dramatic as “The Night Shift” Is Back for a Fourth Season (June 22) and New Thriller “Midnight, Texas” Premieres July 25
And “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update” Goes Primetime Aug. 10

Building on the momentum of another highly successful season in which NBC once again ranks #1 in adults 18-49, the network has announced the rollout of an ambitious summer schedule that includes the premiere of new dance competition series “World of Dance” with judges Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and host/mentor Jenna Dewan Tatum; the return of the #1 show of summer, “America’s Got Talent,” with new host Tyra Banks; and the network’s obstacle course sensation, “American Ninja Warrior.”  Also  joining NBC’s alternative summer slate is the new series “Little Big Shots: Forever Young,” from the producers of the hit series “Little Big Shots”; the recently launched success “The Wall,” back on a new night; and a second season of “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge.”  Making their debuts on the scripted side are “Midnight, Texas,” based on the New York Times best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired “True Blood”), and “Marlon,” a family comedy loosely inspired by the real life of star Marlon Wayans.  Returning for their third and fourth seasons, respectively, are critical fave “The Carmichael Show” and edge-of-your-seat medical drama “The Night Shift.”

“WORLD OF DANCE” — MONDAY, MAY 8 FROM 10-11 P.M. (WITH “THE VOICE” AS ITS LEAD-IN); MOVES TO 10 P.M. TUESDAY, MAY 30 (WITH “AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” AS LEAD-IN)
In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world’s elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism for a life-altering prize of $1 million. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance including hip-hop, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.

Jennifer Lopez, NE-YO and Derek Hough will be at the judges table with Jenna Dewan Tatum set as host/mentor.

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act, 17 years old and under), Upper (groups of 1- 4, 18 and older) and Team (groups of 5+, 18 and older). Our panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Performance, Technique, Choreography, Creativity and Presentation. The competition consists of five rounds: Qualifiers, Duels, The Cut, Divisional Final and the World Final. In the first four rounds, dancers only compete within their division, but in the World Final - the winner from each division will compete against each other for the grand prize of $1 million and the title “Best in the World.”

“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT” — TUESDAY, MAY 30 FROM 8-10 P.M. (LIVE SHOWS BEGIN TUESDAY, AUG. 15 FROM 8-10 P.M.; LIVE RESULTS BEGIN WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16 FROM 8-9 P.M.)
Following the show’s most viewed season in five years where the finale came down to 13-year-old singing sensation Grace VanderWaal winning over spellbinding illusionist duo The Clairvoyants, “America’s Got Talent” is back for its 12thseason with creator and judge Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, as well as new host Tyra Banks. 
“America’s Got Talent” has reigned as television’s #1 most-watched summer alternative series for each of its 11 seasons on the air and last summer surged to its highest adult 18-49 average (a 3.0 rating) in three years and most-watched season (13.5 million viewers) in five years.

“THE CARMICHAEL SHOW” — WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 AT 9 P.M.
Inspired by the life of comedian Jerrod Carmichael, the series follows Jerrod and his opinionated North Carolina family as they navigate topics that all families face in America today. Jerrod often finds himself debating such issues with his old-school father, Joe (David Alan Grier); his devoutly religious mother, Cynthia (Loretta Devine); his fiancée, Maxine (Amber Stevens West); his social media-loving brother, Bobby (Lil Rel Howery); and Bobby’s outspoken almost-ex-wife, Nekeisha (Tiffany Haddish). And somewhere in the middle of all of their disagreeing is the heart of this family. 

For its first two seasons, the series has received stellar reviews, including “‘The Carmichael Show’ consistently feels surprising,” from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times adding, “‘The Carmichael Show’ balances pointed topicality with humor.”

“AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR” — MONDAY, JUNE 12 FROM 8-10 P.M.
The Emmy Award-nominated “American Ninja Warrior” returns for its sixth full season on NBC. Matt Iseman is back as host, along with Akbar Gbajabiamila and co-host Kristine Leahy.  The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle a series of challenging obstacle courses in both city qualifying and city finals rounds across the country. Those that successfully complete the finals course in their designated region move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama course in Japan. The winner will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

This season the show will make stops in Los Angeles, Calif.; San Antonio, Texas; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Cleveland, Ohio; and Denver, Colo., before heading to Las Vegas for the national finals.  Last year “American Ninja Warrior” delivered its most-watched season ever, averaging 7.2 million viewers, and was a top-10 summer series among primetime programs on the Big 4 networks in every key ratings measure.

“SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE” — MONDAY, JUNE 12 FROM 10-11 P.M.
Inspired by Spartan Race — the creators of the world’s most demanding obstacle course races — “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” raises the bar on team competitions. Groups of friends, families, co-workers and more must work together to test their determination, endurance and will. Teams of five will compete on one the most demanding courses ever devised and will have to push through the pain to win $250,000.

In its first season last year, “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” averaged a 1.3 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall and delivered a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 118 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

“LITTLE BIG SHOTS: FOREVER YOUNG” — WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 FROM 8-9 P.M.
Following up on the phenomenal success of “Little Big Shots,” in which kids brought their amazing talents to a primetime audience, “Little Big Shots: Forever Young” is where young-at-heart seniors will showcase their hidden talents, vibrant personalities and incredible wisdom. The comedy/variety series, from Warner Horizon Television, will be executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres and series host Steve Harvey.  As the #1 new series last season among total viewers and the most watched new alterative show in six years, “Little Big Shots” showcased the talent and comedy of the very young. Now the spotlight turns to America’s seniors, where Harvey will showcase undiscovered rare talents and hysterical encounters with musicians, singers, dancers and every form of “elderkind” in the country. With many years of experience and wisdom, these seniors are sure to delight the audience with their strong opinions, incredible talent, and heartwarming stories.

“THE WALL” — THURSDAY, JUNE 22 FROM 8-9 P.M.
With more than $12 million on the line every night, and up to $3 million on a drop at four-stories high, “The Wall” was built for one purpose — to change everyday people’s lives in an instant.  Hosted and executive produced by actor, comedian, author and TV personality Chris Hardwick, “The Wall” offers a pair of deserving teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: Get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the wall and add the value of the slot to the players’ winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball will fall and deduct the value from the team. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize.  Since debuting earlier this winter, “The Wall” has averaged a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.7 million viewers overall, making it the second-biggest in-season alternative hit on the Big 4 networks in the last five years in total viewers, behind only “Little Big Shots.”

“THE NIGHT SHIFT” — THURSDAY, JUNE 22 FROM 9-10 P.M.
Doctors, nurses and the medical staff at San Antonio Memorial Hospital will be busier than ever during the fourth season of the fast-paced medical drama “The Night Shift.” 
The cast includes Eoin Macken, Jill Flint, Brendan Fehr, Robert Bailey Jr., JR Lemon, Tanaya Beatty and Scott Wolf.  Last summer “The Night Shift” averaged a 1.4 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” averages, making it the #1 summer drama on the big 4 networks.

“MIDNIGHT, TEXAS” — TUESDAY, JULY 25 FROM 10-11 P.M.
Based on the best-selling book series by Charlaine Harris (author of the novels that inspired “True Blood”), “Midnight, Texas” stars François Arnaud (“The Borgias”) as Manfred, a charming, powerful psychic who can communicate with spirits and finds safety in Midnight surrounding himself with both human and supernatural allies. Midnight is also home to Bobo, proprietor of Midnight’s local pawn shop (Dylan Bruce, “Orphan Black”); Fiji, a witch who owns the local wiccan shop (Parisa Fitz-Henley, “Luke Cage”); Olivia, a mysterious assassin with a weapon for every occasion (Arielle Kebbel, “The Vampire Diaries”); Joe, an angel who knows all of Midnight’s secrets having been around for millennia (Jason Lewis, “Sex and the City”); Lemuel, a wise vampire with a long history in Midnight (Peter Mensah, “True Blood”); Creek, an aspiring writer with big dreams (Sarah Ramos, “Parenthood”); and Rev. Emilio Sheehan, who can’t resist the pull of a full moon (Yul Vazquez, “Captain Phillips”). 

“HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT” — MONDAY, AUG. 7 FROM 10-11 P.M.
“Hollywood Game Night,” hosted by Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch, returns for a fifth season with celebrities such as Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley from “This Is Us,” and Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash and Nico Santos from “Superstore,” as well as Michael Bolton, NE-YO, Natalie Morales, Mike Colter, Chris Hardwick, Margaret Cho, Gabby Douglas, Matt Iseman, Taye Diggs, RuPaul and many more who will join in the fun as they face off in hilarious party games.  In the series, two contestants are transported from their everyday lives into a once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities and compete for the chance to win up to $25,000. This season features new party games and the winning contestant will be able to choose two celebrities to help them win the grand prize.

“SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: WEEKEND UPDATE” — THURSDAY, AUG. 10 FROM 9-9:30 P.M.
NBC is bringing a late-night institution to primetime with a four-episode order for “Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update.” The half-hour telecast will feature “Weekend Update” anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che. Additional “Saturday Night Live” cast members will also make appearances.  Weekend Update,” which comments on and satirizes the news and current affairs of the week, has consistently ranked as one of the most popular segments of “Saturday Night Live” throughout the show’s storied 42-year history. Previous “Weekend Update” anchors include Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Dennis Miller, Norm Macdonald, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers.

“MARLON” — WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16 FROM 9-10 P.M. (BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES WITH LEAD-IN OF “AGT” LIVE RESULTS SHOWS)
Loosely inspired by the real life of star Marlon Wayans (“In Living Color,” “Scary Movie”), this update to the classic family comedy centers on a loving (but inappropriate) father committed to co-parenting his two kids with his very-together ex-wife. While his misguided fatherly advice, unstoppable larger-than-life personality and unpredictable Internet superstardom might get in the way sometimes, for Marlon family really always does come first — even if he’s the biggest kid of all.

Friday, April 14, 2017

'The Hitman's Bodyguard' Hits Theaters August 18



The world’s top protection agent [Ryan Reynolds] is called upon to guard the life of his mortal enemy, one of the world’s most notorious hitmen [Samuel L. Jackson]. The relentless bodyguard and manipulative assassin have been on the opposite end of the bullet for years and are thrown together for a wildly outrageous 24 hours. During their raucous and hilarious adventure from England to the Hague, they encounter high-speed car chases, outlandish boat escapades and a merciless Eastern European dictator [Gary Oldman] who is out for blood. Salma Hayek joins the mayhem as Jackson’s equally notorious wife. The film will be “hitting” your theatres on August 18. 

Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment presents, Millennium Films presents, in association with Cristal Pictures and East Light Films, a Millennium Films and a CG Films production.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

'The Fate of the Furious' Is Box Office Gold



By Darlene Donloe

The gang’s all here!  Just when you thought you had seen it all from this Furious high-octane crew – they show you their best just got even better!

The Fate of the Furious opens nationwide Friday, Apr. 14.

This time around Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are married. Brian (played by the late Paul Walker) and Mia have retired and the rest of the crew has been exonerated. Just when they have all settled in – they get sucked back in.


In this latest installment Charlize Theron joins in the madness as a mysterious woman named Cypher who wants nothing less then world domination. She somehow gets Dom (Vin Diesel) to turn his back on family to join her in a rather sinister plot to obtain the nuclear codes.

And that’s the story.  But what follows is nothing short of mayhem with unbelievable stunts and incredibly loud car chases – for which the franchise is best known.  This time the car-nage is nothing short of Cecil B. Demille kind of biblical!!  One car scene has hundreds of Zombie-like cars being smashed in a mega spectacular pileup.

Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron

Helen Mirren adds more star power to the film playing the mother of Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Scott Eastwood plays the sidekick agent to Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody. But that real star of the film is a baby that is too adorable for words.  That’s all I’m going to say about that. If you want to know more, go see the film.

Here is what you have to know. The Fate of the Furious doesn’t take itself seriously. It’s good, old-fashioned fun. It delivers what its fans expect!  They want to see adrenalin filled, heart-pumping car races, incredible stunts and awesome fight scenes where the stars barely get bruised. 

In Fate you might feel a few bumps along the road. The plot is weak, really weak and over-the-top.  At times the film might even feel like it’s in cruise control, but for the most part, it offers up some full-throttle excitement. Lets face it, we love to see Dom, Hobbs, Letty, Roman, Tej and now Deckard Shaw dispense their own brand of justice by fighting, racing and doing the impossible.

Dwayne Johnson

The Fate of the Furious is a two and half hour thrill ride that puts the pedal to the metal.

The Fate of The Furious, and F. Gary Gray film, stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood and Charlize Theron.

On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likeable), O (oh, yeah) and E (excellent), The Fate of the Furious (Universal) gets an O (oh, yeah).

Running time: 2 hours, 40m; RATED: PG-13 (for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language.)