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READ HERE: Be In The Know With April’s Pop Culture Guide!

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April showers make for an excellent excuse to both stay indoors and stay on top of all things pop culture. You don’t want to be the one who shows up to work on Monday not privy to the big events of the weekend, only to have the receptionist laugh at you and then gather up the rest of the office to join in at your expense…it was one time Carol…To avoid workplace humiliation, I am here to give you a breakdown of the most exciting entertainment events this month. So let’s mark our calendars and put Carol in her place.

Television: (Click title for more info)

The Last O.GApril 3rd TBS at 10:30p EST

Jersey Shore Family Vacation April 5th MTV at 8p EST

Killing Eve April 8th BBC at 8p EST

The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Special April 23rd CBS at 10p EST

Dancing With The Stars: All Athlete Edition April 30th ABC at 8p EST

*Editor’s Choice*

Jesus Christ Superstar Live April 1st NBC at 8p EST

Why not start the month on a high note..? A little musical humor for you all. Jesus Christ Superstar Live looks like an amazing production, and something everyone will be talking about come Monday morning. There is a superstar cast with Sara Bareilles, Alice Cooper and, of course, John Legend who will portray Jesus himself. It’s no coincidence that the show takes place during the last week of Jesus’ life, and is airing on Easter Sunday. You will definitely need to crash after eating all those Cadbury Eggs, and what better way to do so then by catching this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic?

Movies (Click title for more info)

A Quite Place April 6th

Rampage April 6th

Duck Duck Goose April 20th

Super Troopers 2 April 20th

Avengers: Infinity War April 27th

Animal Crackers April 27th

I Feel Pretty April 27th

*Editor’s Choice*

Blockers April 6th

It’s pretty obvious that Avengers will sweep the box office this month, but there are other quality cinematic moments happening in April….like John Cena chugging beer through his anus in Blockers. This film looks hysterical and has great comedic actors. The aforementioned Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz make the perfect comedic dream team as the unlikely trio who are trying to stop their kids from having sex on prom night. Rotten Tomatoes has already certified the film as “Fresh,” and Seth Rogen is one of the producers so you can pretty much expect a memorial night at the movies.

 

Netflix

Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall April 5th

Troy: Fall Of A City April 6th

Greg Davis: You Magnificent Beast April 10th

Spy Kids: Mission Critical April 20th

The Letdown  April 21st

Kevin James: Never Don’t Give Up  April 24th

*Editor’s Choice*

Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity April 6th

I am apparently a big Seth Rogen fan, as he is getting two shoutouts this month. You’re welcome Seth. Rogen is known for his outrageous humor and his latest endeavor seems to give us more of what we love. The Netflix special is a variety show that will feature a number of hilarious acts. Many special guests are in attendance with the list ranging from Tiffany Haddish to James Corden to The Muppets. With such heavy hitters I am sure the special will keep us in stitches.

Music

Kylie Minogue Golden April 6th

Jason Aldean Rearview Town April 13th

Tinashe Joyride April 13th

Janelle Monae Dirty Computer April 27th

*Editor’s Choice*

Cardi B Invasion Of Privacy April 6th

Belcalis Almanzar what are we going to do with you? Ever since Cardi B stepped onto the scene with her “bloody shoes” fans can’t get enough of her. She certainly has the midas touch as every song she releases turns to gold. Even though she isn’t winning any Pulitzer Prizes for her colorful lyrics, the girl knows how to construct an ear worm that keeps everyone dancing. If her first single from the album, “Be Careful,” is any indicator of what to expect, it is safe to say fans will be pleased.

Broadway (Click title for more info)

Carousel Opens April 12th

My Fair Lady Opens April 19th

Children Of A Lesser God Opens April 11th

The Iceman Cometh Opens April 26th

Summer: The Donna Summer Musical Opens April 23rd

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Opens April 22nd

Saint Joan Opens April 25h

*Editor’s Choice*

Mean Girls Opens April 8th

I might be almost too gay to function because I cannot wait to see Mean Girls  on the Great White Way. The film, penned by Tina Fey, makes it’s transition to Broadway, and fans are like totally freaking out. Fey had a direct hand in bringing this musical to fruition as she wrote the book for the show herself. Previews have already begun, and word on the street is that the show is a hit. Don’t get slammed by the Regina George in your circle, check this one out!

 

Take advantage and make this month count, now that you have everything you need to champion through it! Suck it Carol.

 

 

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Watch Brian Balthazar and Wendy Williams Talk About What’s Trending Now

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Always SO much fun going on the Wendy Williams show to talk about what’s trending! In this case, the best part (for me at least!) was wearing a creating by art director Michael Lee Scott, who recreated the iconic hat worn by Billy Porter at the Grammys! What a recreation!

Brian Balthazar Billy Porter Hat

 

 

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Wendy Stuart Kaplan Knows How To Party – Now She’s Throwing An Epic One Of Her Own!

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Wendy Stuart Kaplan knows her way around a party. In her book, ‘She’s The Last Model Standing,” she wrote about her headline grabbing days at Studio 54, and now throws more than a few of her own. The latest is her “Reading For Filth” and her birthday extravaganza, where she, hosts Eileen Dover and Nick Lion and others (including yours truly!) will perform a collection of wildly entertaining essays, poems, comedic rants and more. The kind of person who is so ‘on the go’ you get exhausted just thinking about it (she, however, does not) I caught up with her as she was taking a break between a radio show, a modeling job and a party tonight. If you want to catch up with Wendy, you have to be flexible… she’s probably got a full schedule that day! Her party this Friday is one that will not only celebrate a wildly varied and entertaining life, but also celebrate the spoken word from a variety of performers.

Anyone who’s ready your book “She’s The Last Model Standing” knows you’ve been partying since studio 54 – when did you first realize you were a party girl?

I first realized when I came back to New York after college! I wasn’t until then, because there was no good place to party.

Where did you go to school?

SUNY Binghamton where I majored in anthropology – and then I went to Nigeria! I definitely enjoyed partying eventually, but back then I really, really wanted to go to Africa, which I did!  I have gone back often, most recently to work on my documentaries.

Wendy Kaplan was a bold faced name for tearing up the dance floor AND going home right after.

That’s wild! But it’s not surprising to hear of that passion since you make films about wildlife conservation there. But your festive side eventually DID come out! We all know you now as a social butterfly! Whether you’re at a party, or working a film premiere – but were you as confident and comfortable in the spotlight as a kid as you are now?

I was an oddball kid. I had two things: I had my friends in the Bronx, and the ones that I had in school and they didn’t mix all that well. I loved growing up there, that was home – but I remember as a kid I would get stomachaches before parties! How weird is that? Until you asked me I had forgotten all about that.

What were you worrying about?

Social pressures – what if nobody talks to me – oh my god, I’m not pretty. I had a short mop of brown hair because my mom thought I looked better with short hair, and I had chubby cheeks. I didn’t love that look. I used to put on wigs as a kid and imagine myself with long blonde hair!

And here we are! 

Here we are, right? Long blonde hair. I morphed into it. I’m totally self made!

Tell me more about Reading for Filth – your event this Friday at Club Bedlam.

Reading for Filth came about when Brian Butterick, also known as Hattie Hathaway, used to have these events. One had the byline, “low rent reading for a high rent city.” Reading for filth is an expression for ‘I’m going to read you to filth,’ as in, “I’m gonna tell you what I really think.” The performers would do a reading of their choice. Something personal, maybe about an old boyfriend, or something someone else wrote, and they’d get up and read it in front of a room. At the last one we had, Michael Musto read from Suzanne Somers’ poetry book. I didn’t even know she wrote poetry… here the same person who wrote about African violets is also behind the Thighmaster! Brought me to tears! I imagine her thighs going back and forth as she sits next to a table with a sole African violet in its little pot, which inspired her to write the poem.

The reason we chose to open my birthday party with it is, when Hattie passed away, my friend and partner in crime Michael Fontana (Eileen Dover) really wanted to keep it going. We say it’s such a downtown New York thing but it’s a New York thing. It’s a nationwide thing. Think about what’s hot right now: storytelling. And here we have had Reading for Filth going on long before all that other stuff. Brian Butterick had been doing it for six to ten years. He was very ahead of his time. We brought it back this past year.

You love people and being around them, entertaining them, but you also love your home life – please describe your NYC living situation. You have a beautiful place… but describe your roommates.

Well, we will have to go back about 30 years when I got my first rabbit. I haven’t lived without one for 30 years, so when one dies I always have one in the wings. Fast forward to now, we always have two rabbits. It’s nice if they have another rabbit to hangout with. Also, 33 years ago we got a baby cockatoo, named her Louise, fed her formula, and she is now hanging out with me in my living room. Did I also mention our blue merle chihuahua?

In my New York apartment everyone is loose. No one is caged.  Everybody is trained to go on those wee-wee pads you buy for dogs, and everybody goes on a wee-wee pad including the rabbits… but not the dog.

Wendy’s rabbit S’mores roams free in her apartment along side another rabbit, a cockatoo and a Chihuahua.
Wendy Kaplan’s dog Nugget does what it wants.

You know how to party – we know that – your wedding was no exception…describe your epic wedding.

So my wedding was 32 or so years ago. I should know that! Alan (a renowned photographer) and I got married in our huge loft, and you had to come dressed as members of a bridal party. It was on Halloween – you could be a bride, or a groom or a bridesmaid. The only problem was a lot of people thought it was a costume party and not an actual wedding. So we had people dressed as bridesmaids with five o’clock shadows and brides with full beards. They thought this was just going to be a big loft party – because we always gave huge parties – and not a wedding. But it was actually our wedding. I didn’t get many gifts because no one took it seriously. I won’t make that mistake again!

You’ve been modeling since you were in your twenties – what’s the best thing anyone can do to look and feel like a model whether they’re walking down the street or working it in the office?

You have to know who you are. What’s your style? What makes you feel good? What floats your boat? When you put on a certain dress how does that make you feel? Don’t go with trends, go with what you’re attached to! Listen to your inner fashionista. And you know what? We all have that.

Reading For Filth is open to the public this Friday at 8pm at Club Bedlam, 40 Avenue C, NYC. For more on Wendy visit her book’s Facebook page, her personal facebook page, or her instagram.

Visit her website, and buy her book on amazon!

 

 

 

 

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All 18 of the BAFTA Acting Nominees Are White, All Directing Nominees Are Male

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“Joker” is the one to watch at the upcoming BAFTAs, but if you’re looking for diversity and female directors, sadly you’ll have to look somewhere else. All the acting nominees are white, and all the directors are male.

Led by a lead actor nomination for Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” received 11 nominations for Britain’s equivalent to the Oscars, competing with familiar Golden Globe nominees Taron Egerton, “Rocketman,”  Leonardo DiCaprio for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” Adam Driver for “Marriage Story,” and Jonathan Pryce for “The Two Popes.”

Renée Zellweger leads the nominations for the best actress category for her role in “Judy,” alongside Jessie Buckley,  “Wild Rose,” Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story,” Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women,” and Charlize Theron for “Bombshell.”

Here are the other notable highlights:

See the full nomination page HERE.

  • 11 nominations for Joker
  • 10 nominations for The Irishman and Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Nine nominations for 1917
  • Six nominations for Jojo Rabbit
  • Five nominations for Little WomenMarriage Story and The Two Popes
  • Four nominations for For SamaParasite and Rocketman
  • Three nominations for BombshellJudyLe Mans ’66 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The ceremony will be held on Feb. 2 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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