Maroon 5 ‘Having Trouble’ Finding Guests for Super Bowl Halftime Show – With less than two months before Adam Levine and Maroon 5 take the stage at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on February 3, the band “is having a lot of trouble finding guests” to perform with them, a source reveals in the new issue of Us Weekly. “No one wants to associate themselves with the NFL” in light of its response to Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality. – Read more at Maroon5
WORKING TITLE AND UNIVERSAL PICTURES BEGIN PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY ON “CATS” FROM OSCAR®-WINNING FILMMAKER TOM HOOPER – Working Title and Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on Cats, the groundbreaking new musical film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s global stage-musical sensation and the poems from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. The film stars Tony- and Emmy-winning actor and host James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors, The Late Late Show with James Corden), Academy Award®-winning actress Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love), multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter Jason Derulo, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Idris Elba (HBO’s The Wire, BBC One’s Luther), Academy Award®, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning artist Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), Academy Award®-nominated actor Ian McKellen (Gods and Monsters), Emmy and ten-time Grammy-winning global music icon Taylor Swift, whose Reputation Stadium Tour is the highest grossing U.S. tour in history, comedy superstar Rebel Wilson (the Pitch Perfect franchise) and introduces Francesca Hayward, principal dancer with The Royal Ballet. – Read more at PRNewsWire
Go Inside the Opening Night of Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken’s Broadway Holiday Engagement – Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show opened on Broadway December 11. The holiday production is scheduled to play a limited engagement through December 30 at the Imperial Theatre. The production includes traditional Christmas favorites in addition to scenes and sketches featuring the two entertainers. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the National Inclusion Project, a non-profit advocacy group for children with disabilities. – See opening night photos at Playbill
Melinda Doolittle Reflects on Her Post American Idol Success – Longtime fans have been craving some new music from Doolittle for some time, and the artist insists she’s finally getting around to it in 2019—at least if her team has its way. Next year will be the 10-year anniversary of her only full-length release, Coming Back to You. “I am the slow one,” says Doolittle. “When I go into the studio, I’m such a perfectionist that it’s not fun for anybody. Our plan now is to do a live CD, because I can leave it all in the moment. Now we’ve decided that’s what we’re going to do, so we’ll move ahead with that next year.” In addition to the new album, Doolittle says fans should expect to see her on the road performing with orchestras around the U.S. and the world. – Read more at CCMagazine.com
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