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Simpsons May Survive After All!?

There is an entire generation of people who have never known a world without the Simpsons. Now, it looks like the animated series, which is in its 23rd season, has a better chance of surviving the salary dispute and could allow it to reach a 24th… if everyone survives the war of negotiations expected to take place among the major players today.

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There is an entire generation of people who have never known a world without the Simpsons. Now, it looks like the animated series, which is in its 23rd season, has a better chance of surviving the salary dispute and could allow it to reach a 24th… if everyone survives the war of negotiations expected to take place among the major players today.

Entertainment Weekly reports that several top-level producers of The Simpsons have agreed to take pay cuts. (But not all of them!)

Still, the cast of voices themselves, are not fully onboard. 20th Century Fox TV has demanded a 45 percent pay cut and the voice actors countered with a 30 percent reduction, and cited the billions of dollars the studio makes after the fact, in international sales and licensing. The studio is still pushing back on the actors’ demands.

These numbers are so high that its almost too high to conceptualize, but these are all people used to big bucks, so it’s now a matter of how lucrative the show can be and keeping everyone moderately happy, as the series now lacks the same buzz and popularity it once did. Even with less money coming in, everyone here is going to continue to be rich.

For example, their reported $440,000 per episode salary could come down to $250,000. Enough to live pretty well! Still, the actors content that the studio will still be making big money in DVD sales and other deals in the long term. The actors commissioned a study that revealed that the show has made $1 billion in profits over its 23-season run and projects that the studio will eventually make about $2.9 billion from the show in he long term.

The dispute and likely new season could very well create renewed interest in the show.

The deal has to come through today. And even if it goes through, so far, FOX has only agreed to one additional season before the show could potentially end its run for real. Can’t we aim for a quarter century here?

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Celebrate Memorial Day By Watching Cynthia Erivo Perform This Touching Tribute

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To all the heroes.

On this Memorial Day, as with every Memorial Day, it’s important to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made to keep all of us safe. This year the the global coronavirus pandemic has the holiday feeling a bit more hefty since we are all forced to celebrate a little differently. Regardless, it is a day worth celebrating and what better way to celebrate than a special tribute from the incomparable Cynthia Erivo.

Musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra as well as stars like Erivo, Kelli O’Hara, Renée Fleming, CeCe Winans and Trace Adkins all took part in a special event for PBS called the “National Memorial Concert.” This year’s socially distant version of the celebration paid a special tribute to the healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. Erivo performed a cover of the Mariah Carey classic “Hero” and it was obviously amazing. Watching the tribute is the perfect way to reflect on exactly why this holiday is so important.

Check out the heartfelt performance below!

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POLL: Musical Theater Fans, Which Are You Most Excited To Watch From Home?

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Now I understand why parent’s can’t pick a favorite child.

It has been a week filled with highs and lows for musical theater fans. For starters, it was just announced that the coronavirus-related closures on Broadway will remain in effect until at least September. Then, Disney announced that their musical Frozen, based on the hit animated film, will not reopen at all even after the social distancing guidelines are loosened, an announcement that has Broadway fans concerned for the fate of other beloved shows on the Great White Way.  Amidst all the darkness there is always a glimmer of hope (any good Broadway musical will teach you that) and this week’s glimmer…or glimmers I should say…came in the form of three exciting announcements.

First, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney announced that a previously-recorded Broadway production of Hamilton will be available for streaming on on Disney+ starting July 3rd…which is ironically right before Independence Day and yet I will be tethered to my couch watching this masterpiece on repeat for at least a week.  Then, it was announced that the cast of NBC’s Smash is going to virtually reunite for a benefit concert on PeopleTV on May 20th, giving us just enough time to dust off our old Marilyn wigs. And finally, musical theater geeks everywhere were screaming “a wop baba lumop a wap bam boom” when CBS announced they will be airing a sing-along version of the 1978 musical-movie classic, Grease on June 7th. So. Much. Good. Content.

I truly could not pick which one I am most excited to watch but because curious minds have questions so I have to know…which musical event are you most excited for? Click on the poll below to submit your answer and see what everyone else is thinking!

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Kevin James Keeps Inserting Himself Into Famous Movies As A Boom Operator And It’s Hilarious

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The King Of Queens is now the King of the green screen.

Plenty of people fantasize about making it big in the movies some day but not everyone hopes to be working the boom mic when they do. While it’s definitely an integral part of the movie making process, it’s not quite as flashy as being the Ryan Gosling or the Bradley Cooper. And yet somehow, Kevin James has found a way to shine a bright spotlight on boom operators in his YouTube series appropriately entitled Sound Guy.

The concept is pretty brilliant. James and his production team use a green screen to insert the actor into famous scenes from iconic films. After what I can only assume is hours and hours of editing, James appears seamlessly as a sound guy just trying to get some good audio from stars like Lady Gaga and Will Smith. The original dialogue flows perfectly with the bits James is edited into so the end result is pretty damn hilarious.

The Notebook

The Joker

A Star Is Born

I Am Legend

Who would have guessed Paul Blart was capable of such cinema mastery?! There is no denying the genius behind these movies shorts! To see more of the Sound Guy click here!

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