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The Oscars Drop Another Bombshell

The 2019 Academy Awards are very quickly turning into a hot mess. From announcing a new Popular Films category to quickly putting the brakes on it, to Kevin Hart being announced as the host and him stepping down a very short time later and leaving the show without a host, to their latest announcement that only two of the five nominated songs for Best Song may be performed during the show, the 2019 Oscars might just be a night most people want to forget.

Variety broke the news yesterday that the Oscars live telecast was considering only allowing two of the nominated songs to be performed on live TV on February 24.  If you are curious as to what songs they were considering, you only have to look at the two that made the biggest splash on the charts. Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” from Black Panther and Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born are the two that  Academy execs and show producers have chosen to be performed.

The other three nominees this year are “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns by Emily Blunt, “I’ll Fight” from RBG by Jennifer Hudsonand “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs by Tim Blake Nelson and Willie Watson. Of course their exclusion have  already started rumbling of dissatisfaction from music executives.  

At this time no official word has been given, so the Academy does have time to change their mind. They have also commented that a final decision has not yet been reached. Keep in mind that this would not be the first time cutting some of the songs from being performed on TV has happened. In fact only 6 of the last 10 Oscars have featured performances of all nominated songs. 

It’s widely believed that cutting the songs is part of the Academy’s way of shortening the show to three hours maximum. Another rumoured way the Academy is planning on shortening the show, is to cut out several Oscars from airing during the telecast, such as Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. They would instead be given out during commercial breaks, and only announced quickly on live TV. 

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Watch The Morning Show’s Full Trailer

One of television’s most anticipated new shows, The Morning Show, teased everyone last week with a trailer that didn’t really show anything. Really the only thing it showed was a hallway as you heard the actors say a few lines. Thankfully Apple didn’t wait long to give a full trailer this morning that gives us a pretty good look at what to expect when the series launches this fall.

The Morning Show is a drama that stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. It follows the story of a group of people who run a daily morning show program. In the trailer it becomes pretty obvious that the show is planning to imitate real life stories, for instance you get to see Aniston’s character addressing on air why her co-host was fired. It appears to be for sexual misconduct allegations, like the one Matt Lauer went through a couple of years back. The show will follow more stories than just that though. The trailer also shows Witherspoon’s character’s rise as a new co-host, and Aniston’s character breaking down before making a terrific comeback. It should be interesting to catch an inside glimpse at what these morning hosts go through every day.

Throughout the trailer you catch a glimpse at various other stars of the series, including Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley and Janina Gavankar. There have been other TV shows and movies made before about this type of environment, such as The Newsroom and Morning Glory, but this series is already feeling like it could be something unique on its own. It’s set to premiere this fall on Apple TV, but no exact date has been given as of yet.

 

 

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Ronda Rousey Joins Cast Of Firefighter Drama 9-1-1

It can truly be said that mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey has done a lot over the course of her career. From winning a medal at the Olympics, to spending time in the octagon of the UFC, lacing up wrestling boots in the WWE, to starring in movies and having guest spots on TV, Rousey has really done a lot of different things, and now she is set to be a series regular on the hit Fox firefighter drama 9-1-1. 

Rousey began training in Judo at the age of 11, and at 17 became the youngest competitor in the sport in the 2004 Olympics. While she didn’t win any medals that year, she won a bronze four years later in 2008. Afterwards she retired from the sport, and started training for ultimate fighting. In 2012, after 2 years in the sport, she became the first female fighter to sign with the UFC. She dominated the sport for 3 years, going undefeated. When she eventually lost the title, and the rematch, Rousey retired from the sport and moved onto other things. In 2018 she joined the WWE, quickly winning their women’s title, which she held until Wrestlemania earlier this year. After losing the title she announced she would be taking a leave from the company to start a family. 

Throughout her career as a fighter, Rousey also took time to stars in movies such as Furious 7, The Expendables 3 and Mile 22. Her role on 9-1-1 will be her first foray into a regular role on television, and she will play a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The series also stars Peter Krause, Angela Bassett and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The third season is set to premiere on September 23rd. 

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Watch Alessia Cara Mimic Billie Eilish On ‘The Tonight Show

Alessia Cara has a new EP coming out on September 6th, and in the meantime she’s hitting the talk shows to promote it. Last night she appeared on The Tonight Show, and during her segment she challenged Jimmy Fallon to a rematch of Wheel of Musical Impressions.

Back in 2017 Cara lost the game to Fallon, and she was determined not to do so again. This time around the Canadian singer perfectly copies Billie Eilish’s sound while singing Pop Goes The Weasel. For her second impressions she mimics Amy Winehouse singing Old Macdonald Had a Farm, except in this case it was to the tune of Rehab.  Fallon on the other hand pretends he’s The Doors singing Sesame Street’s Rubber Duckie, You’re the One, following by a rendition of Baby Shark as if Mick Jagger was singing it. Cara wins it in the end though when she apes Alanis Morissette singing Hush, Little Baby.

Fallon really didn’t stand a chance this time around, and we wonder if there will be a third round in the future.

 

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