Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Aretha Franklin dies: Remembering The Queen of Soul's most memorable TV performances
"Aretha Franklin's was the voice of the 20th century," says Jack Hamilton in a tribute to the iconic performer. "No other singer left such a definitive mark on the course of popular music—simply put, there is singing before Aretha Franklin, and there is singing after her." Franklin's voice made its TV debut at age 19 on Jack Paar's Tonight Show. By her third TV appearance, singing "Won't Be Long" on The Steve Allen Show in 1964, "her mastery of both the piano and her performance was captivating," says Naima Cochrane. In 1973, Franklin became one of the rare performers to sing live on Soul Train (most performers used lip-sync tracks), singing "Day Dreaming." Introducing this performance, host Don Cornelius said, “I consider myself very fortunate to have lived on earth during her career, and that I was able to see and hear what she has done. She deserves all the titles she has been given, for she is the Queen.” In 2014, Franklin showed that her voice was still great while performing a cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on The Late Show with David Letterman. "In this Letterman performance," says Cochrane, "Franklin brought back longtime backing vocalist Cissy Houston (who possibly didn’t care to be there, judging from her expressions during the performance), and proved she hadn’t lost a step or a note, nor had her unique gift for transforming and elevating already iconic songs faded. In her style of transforming the end of a song, she transitions into 'Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,' playing to the audience with her hand on her hip as though to emphasize her continued reign."
- Longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich recalls Franklin saving him in 1998 when she agreed to sing "Nessum Dorma" at the last minute because Luciano Pavarotti was too ill
- Franklin singing "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammys was the greatest awards show performance ever
- Franklin made only one TV acting appearance, on Room 222 in 1971
- Watch Franklin playing herself on a 1991 episode of Murphy Brown
- Watch Franklin's 60 Minutes profile from 1990
Bill Cosby sparks backlash by thanking Aretha Franklin for singing A Different World's theme song
The Queen of Soul sang the theme song for The Cosby Show spinoff from Seasons 2 through 5 -- even though her ex-husband Glynn Turman was one of the show's stars. Cosby paid tribute to Franklin this morning, tweeting: "Aretha Franklin – I want to thank her for her wonderful voice singing the theme song of “A Different World.” She made a big, strong positive impact on that series." That prompted a Twitter backlash, with responses ranging from "Are you tweeting from jail?” to “Wifi must be good in cellblock c.”
Sacha Baron Cohen's inspiration for Who Is America?'s Erran Morad revealed?
Source: The National
Matan Gavish, a New York City Krav Maga trainer and former officer for a special-ops unit in the Israeli Defense Force, appears to be a dead ringer for Cohen's Israeli military expert character. "The similarities are uncanny: the jawline, the hair, the eyebrows, the dress and the accent," as Felicity Campbell points out. Gavish says he didn't see the similarities, but “everyone around me did … which I thought was pretty funny.”
Ruth Wilson says "I'm not allowed to talk about why" I left The Affair
Wilson's comment on CBS This Morning caught interviewer Gayle King off-guard. King then brought up her revelation earlier this year that she was certain she was paid less than co-star Dominic West. But Wilson said she “never complained to Showtime about pay parity.”
Cardi B to open MTV's VMAs -- but she's not performing
MTV's Video Music Awards announcement that Cardi B "will open" the VMAs led to many false reports that the rapper will be performing just two months after giving birth. But as she explained in her Instagram Stories, "IM JUST OPENING IM NOT PERFORMING!!!"
SNL's former co-head writer "screamed with pride" when he learned Ivanka Trump supposedly hated his "Complicit" perfume ad spoof
Omarosa's book Unhinged claims that President Trump's eldest daughter "couldn’t stop bemoaning it, how offensive it was, how ridiculous it was" days after the "Complicit" parody ad featuring Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka was broadcast. Chris Kelly, who was co-head writer at the time, wrote on Instagram in reaction to Omarosa's allegation: "Have decided to move this from an instastory to a mainpage post because of how loud I screamed with pride when I saw this."
Michael Che and Colin Jost get "political" in their first Emmys promo
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"This year we decide who wins," Che says, prompting Jost to respond: "No, it's still the voters." Che adds, jokingly: "Yeah, we know how that works out...Uh, oh! Political!"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus thanks her Veep cast and crew before shooting her first take of the final season
Source: Page Six
“I really appreciate everyone coming back and working it out to come back,” the actress said in an Instagram video. “I’m very grateful. Thank you very much. Love you guys Season seven!”
Voltron: Legendary Defender boss apologizes for LGBTQ storyline controversy
An LGBTQ storyline on the recently dropped seventh season of the Netflix animated series has led to a fan backlash, accusing the show of "queerbating." Co-executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos responded with an apology, writing in an open letter to fans: “I’d like to say that we created this version of Voltron with the intention being as inclusive as possible within the boundaries given."
Busy Philipps' E! late-night talk show gets an October premiere date
The half-hour Busy Tonight premieres on Sunday, Oct. 28. E! says it will feature "everyone’s favorite unfiltered Hollywood best friend giving her hilarious and outspoken opinions on the latest pop culture stories and trending topics with candid celebrity guest interviews and original comedic segments.”
Here's the first look at Damon Wayans and Seann William Scott teamed up on Lethal Weapon
Source: TV Insider
The first glimpse of the post-Clayne Crawford era of Lethal Weapon shows Wayans' Roger Murtaugh and Scott's Wesley Cole having a beer on the back of a boat that is being towed by a tow truck.
Netflix releases Iron Fist's Season 2 trailer
Source: The Verge
The trailer shows some glimpses of the new villain Typhoid Mary, played by Alice Eve.
Jerry Seinfeld explains why he can't watch Seinfeld, and why he turned down $5 million an episode
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times asked Seinfeld, "When you’re flipping channels and you come across a Seinfeld rerun, do you flip right past it or do you linger?" Seinfeld responded: Right past it. I think there’s a level of focus you need to get something to a certain point creatively, and you pay a price for that, which is you can’t ever look at it again." As for if he ever second-guessed turning down NBC's offer to continue doing Seinfeld at $5 million an episode, Seinfeld says: "No. It was the perfect moment, and the proof that it was the right moment is the number of questions you’re still asking me about it."
Tom Arnold slams Mark Burnett for protecting Trump in rambling Jimmy Kimmel Live! interview
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"There's two people who have never called me a liar about the N-word tape: Donald Trump and Mark Burnett, because they know it's true," Arnold said while promoting Viceland's The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. ALSO: Watch the new The Hunt for the Trump Tapes trailer.
Epix announces stand-up comedy docuseries Unprotected Sets from producer Wanda Sykes
“We’re excited that we get another opportunity to give up-and-coming comics a chance to shine," Sykes says of the 12-episode series premiering on Oct. 5.
Madonna turns 60: Watch her most memorable TV performances
Source: TV Guide
Madonna helped cement her legacy with her iconic MTV VMAs performance of "Like a Virgin" in 1984. "Madonna makes the eyebrows of people watching the very first first MTV VMA Awards go up, up, up into outer space as she shocks them all by rolling around suggestively in a wedding dress," says Malcolm Venable.
Angela Bassett celebrates her 60th birthday
The 9-1-1 star tweeted: "Happy Birthday to all my Leo brothers and sisters. Let’s eat cake!"
ESPN is working on bringing back Chris Berman on a part-time basis
Source: New York Post
Berman, who is "arguably the most significant on-air personality in ESPN’s history," retired in 2017 at the urging of former ESPN president John Skipper. The New York Post reports that ESPN is considering having Berman work part of the NFL season, particularly on SportsCenter.
Diff'rent Strokes' Todd Bridges accused of threatening to assault his ex-girlfriend with a crossbow and taser
Source: The Blast
Tiffany Wolf was granted a temporary restraining order against Bridges after alleging that he threatened to assault her and has been harassing her on Twitter, according to The Blast. A source close to Bridges tells The Blast he hasn't seen her in nine months, and says he's the one who's being harassed.
- Aretha Franklin dies: Remembering The Queen of Soul's most memorable TV performances