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POP TV: Megan Mullally Ditches Her ‘Karen’ Voice And Sings Like A Star In Tonight’s ‘Will & Grace’

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UPDATED with the full performance of the song!

 

For all of us that feel more like a Will or a Grace, Karen Walker is the woman we get to vicariously live through once a week on the popular sitcom. I mean, just once I would love to chug a martini, sling out a brilliantly fiery insult and open-palm slap my best friend. Yes, we might show up for Will & Grace but we stick around for the incomparable Karen Walker, played by the brilliant Megan Mullally.

We can all agree that Megan Mullally has never been hotter. In October, she and husband Nick Offerman released their book The Greatest Love Story Ever Told and it obviously became a New York Times Best Seller. And just last week, Megan hosted the SAG Awards and absolutely crushed it!

Side note, at age 60 Megan can still rock a skin tight, catsuit. What is in those martinis?! Whatever it is I’ll take two.

As Karen, Megan’s obvious talent might be delivering the perfect zinger…

But what you might not know is that Megan is a truly gifted singer. We heard Karen sing a handful of times during the original run of the sitcom but her voice was always laced with the high pitch of Karen’s voice. Well, for tonight’s winter premiere the writers found a way to have Megan use her real voice and sing “The Man That Got Away” from the 1954 version of A Star Is Born and now I’m the one with a high pitched squeal. Check out this sneak peek from Megan’s Instagram!

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hi!!!! #willandgrace is back this thursday!!!! all new-episode 🤩🤩 and i’m super excited to say that i get to sing (for real) on the show. our brilliant writers came up with a way to allow me to sing as “myself” in the context of- oh, let’s call it a “dream sequence” for now. it’s that old-fashioned way of singing, lady gaga’s really good at it. and the song is one of the great classic “torch songs” of all time, The Man That Got Away. AND i was lucky enough to have my old friend and collaborator, the brilliant #jeffblumenkrantz @blumie, play piano for me 😊 we met in 1995 doing a revival of How To Succeed in Business on #Broadway. hope you can all watch!! this #Thursday #newtime 9:30/8:30c @nbcwillandgrace (for more singing check out my band #nancyandbeth at www.nancyandbeth.com! we’re touring this summer! also, if you want to go deep, i sing a bunch on the original broadway cast albums of the 1995 revival of #howtosucceedinbusinesswithoutreallytrying, the 2008 production of #youngfrankenstein, and one song in the 1994 revival of #grease 🗣👂🏽)

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Check out Karen Walker belting her heart out and giving us all life tonight on a brand new Will & Grace at 9:30p EST on NBC.

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Three Words That Went So Viral That Kylie Wants To Trademark Them – And Why She’s Right To Do It.

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It all started when Kylie Jenner gave us a tour of her Kylie Cosmetics office on YouTube. Then, she went to wake her sleeping daughter, singing “rise and shine.”

Maybe it was the way she sang it, but it went viral, memes followed, and it became the most hashtagged phrase EVER on Tik Tok. Almost immediately.

Within a week, she filed an application to trademark the phrase, hoping to turn the now viral moment into a merchandising opportunity. Folks called it excessive and silly, claiming such a common expression shouldn’t be up for the taking.

Those people are wrong. What it is, is smart.

Take a look – the seemingly innocuous moment happens 15 minutes in to the tour.

Why is it smart? Because if she doesn’t trademark it, someone else will. People are ALL about capitalizing on viral moments, and if she didn’t, someone else would have tried to use Kylie’s influence to benefit themselves, just like people are using the #RiseAndShine hashtag right now for views and likes. And that’s not taking advantage of it?

In fact, she’s not the first person to even apply for a trademark for the phrase. Roughly 100 applications, some active, some dead, have been filed with variations of the phrase over the years. A mattress company liked the sound of it, so did a coffee company, a beer, snack mix, and Hardee’s wanted to use it to promote breakfast entrees. All of them make sense. McDonald’s trademarked the common phrase “I’m Lovin’ It.” Emeril trademarked “Bam!” and Paris Hilton trademarked “That’s hot.” Having the trademark doesn’t prohibit everyone else from saying it in conversation, but it does limit the ability for others to monetize it for themselves. It keeps a phrase that is uniquely attributed to another person or business from being used in a misleading way for monetary gain by others. Sports announcer Michael Buffer wisely trademarked “Let’s get ready to rumble” so that others couldn’t go and make t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise with a catchphrase that he made famous. Anyone can file for a trademark on a phrase. In the end, the trademark office will decide if the application has merit. Before you do, it is suggested you seek the advice of a legal expert.

By now we know that Kylie Jenner is a successful business woman, given the enormous popularity of Kylie Cosmetics. It stands to reason that she is going to expand her scope of business. No matter WHAT she decided to name a spinoff of her brand, she would trademark it. By jumping on a phrase that is now already organically linked to her, thanks to the fans themselves, she merely did the SMART thing. Coming up with a brand name is one of the hardest things an entrepreneur does. Half of the ideas are taken, the others you don’t love, and sometimes the ones you do love other people don’t like.

So before we start hating on Kylie’s fast acting ingenuity, we should be inspired and do some of it ourselves!

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VIDEO: Why Paris Hilton Is A Chameleon.

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Paris Hilton sat down with me and Makho Ndlovu at the People Now studios to talk about her new fragrance “Electrify,” the first song she plays when she’s DJ’ing, and what character’s she likes the play… in real life!

What an amazing time it is visiting and guest co-hosting People Now. The people on camera and behind the scenes couldn’t be more kind and welcoming! And Paris herself was absolutely charming and sweet.


 

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Watch How This Hasselhoff Deepfake Takes Years Off The Actor!

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Visual effects artist Chris Ume takes countless images of David Hasselhoff from his past Baywatch days, then creates a younger avator, blending the new, artificial Hof onto the real life Hoff.

The process of this crazy magic? It’s called a Deepfake = combining and superimposing existing images and videos onto a source image or video. The process is incredible, and yet still relatively in its infancy. If things keep progressing this genre as we can only expect they will, it’s not a stretch to imagine that we could someday see an actor actress play a younger version of themselves so convincingly we won’t see how they did it.

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