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A massive new Rolling Stones exhibit is coming to New York City in November.
"Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones," featuring original and rare objects from the band's archives and private collections, will debut Nov. 12 at Industria studio in the West Village, according to a press release.
The 17,000 sq. ft. exhibit will feature more than 500 instruments, personal diaries, unheard audio tracks, interactive mixing desks and original artworks, including pieces by Andy Warhol, John Pashe and Walton Forde. The studio will also display 70 original costumes by designers such as Alexander McQueen, Prada and Dior.
Three giant art installations of the iconic Rolling Stones tongue were unveiled Thursday to celebrate the opening of the box office. The sculptures, which are almost 8 feet tall, close to 7 feet wide and weigh 1,650 pounds each, will "pop up around the city" for the duration of the exhibit.
"Exhibitionism - The Rolling Stones" will run through March 12. The Rolling Stones formed in London in 1962. The group now consists of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.
And if you think that the Keith Richards wax statue is rather life-like, it's because it's actually Keith Richards. No flash photography!
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Jennifer Lopez to headline NBC's holiday 2017 live musical, 'Bye Bye Birdie'
Jennifer Lopez has signed on to star in NBC's next live musical, Bye Bye Birdie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will be based on the 1960 Tony award-winning musical that starred Dick Van Dyke and Chita Rivera.
Bye Bye Birdie, based on the Michael Stewart novel of the same name, with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse, follows agent and songwriter Albert Peterson (Van Dyke) and girlfriend Rosie Alvarez (Rivera) as they promote famous singer Conrad Birdie's final song before he heads off to war.
The musical was inspired by Elvis Presley when he was inducted into the Army in 1957. Lopez will be portraying Rosie Alvarez.
"To have a superstar like Jennifer Lopez starring in this classic show, which every high school in America has done, will ensure that our holiday musicals continue to be must-see events for the whole family," said NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt.
According to Greenblatt, Lopez was the one who approached NBC about starring in the production. "Broadway musicals and films fueled my childhood and Bye Bye Birdie was one of my favorites," the actress and pop star said.
"I'm proud to be a part of the NBC family with Shades of Blue and I thought it would be a blast to take on one of their big live musicals," she continued.
Lopez has also signed on to executive produce.
Before Bye Bye Birdie arrives next year, NBC will be broadcasting Hairspray Live! on Dec. 7 which stars Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth, Martin Short, Derek Hough, Dove Cameron, Garrett Clayton, Sean Hayes, Rosie O'Donnell, Andrea Martin and newcomer Maddie Baillio.
Bye Bye Birdie is slated to premiere during the holiday season of 2017.
NBC in talks for full-scale 'Will & Grace' revival
The revive-and-reboot train continues it's endless trip through Hollywood as NBC is now reportedly in talks to bring back the Emmy-winning sitcom "Will & Grace."
A special, single-scene reunion focused on the U.S. presidential election was so positively received that NBC is negotiating a 10-episode season with all four stars of the classic sitcom.
Although no deals are in place with the show's four stars, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes, or either of its creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, vague support for the idea has been publicly floated by more than one of the six key cogs of the show.
"All I can say is I don't know what the future holds, but I know there's a very good feeling right now between everybody, and we had a lot of fun going back and working together," Megan Mullally told CNN a few days after the election scene was released. "So, who knows?"
Mutchnick had the idea for a mini-reunion episode centered around the election, pulling the show's sets from storage in Boston and reassembling them in the show's original studio.
While the stars and creators of the show were nervous about how it would turn out, all six were thrilled with how it turned out and the video has more than six million views already on YouTube.
There may be some business to work out before the revival becomes real, though. The show has no deal to stream on any video service, has an existing syndication deal that would have to be factored out and the logistics of getting the crew together to shoot a season could be challenging.
"Will & Grace" was also one of NBC's most successful sitcoms which had the four stars earning more than $600,000 per episode by the end of the eighth season and all four have much higher earning potential now, making any revival a significant investment.
"As for the future, everyone -- from Max and David on down -- is so protective of the show and how we ended it," McCormack said. "We're very proud of the series finale and the story that told of the break that friendships sometimes take. So to play with that and change that story and change our own stories in life, I'm sure we would all be open to talking about it."
Patton Oswalt speaks on his wife Michelle's death in Times piece
Patton Oswalt thinks wife Michelle McNamara may have died of an overdose.
The 47-year-old actor revealed the late writer had taken Xanax the night before she died while recounting the circumstances of her unexplained death for the New York Times.
"I have a feeling it might have been an overdose," he said. "That's what the paramedics there were saying while I was screaming and throwing up."
McNamara died suddenly at age 46 in April, but her cause of death has yet to be released. Oswalt said his wife was obsessively working on a book at the time of her death but agreed to take a night off and took Xanax before bed.
Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesperson Ed Winter told The Hollywood Reporter in April that it might take months to determine McNamara's cause of death. He said at the time that the medical examiner's office was backed up with cases.
Patton has since returned to performing, but told the New York Times he will "never be 100 percent again" in the wake of the loss. The actor and comedian had said in August that he's "crawling" but no closer to "closure."
"102 days at the mercy of grief and loss feels like 102 years and you have [expletive] to show for it," he wrote in a Facebook post. "You will not be physically healthier. You will not feel 'wiser.' You will not have 'closure.'"
"It's 102 days later and I can confidently say I have reached a place where I'm crawling," the star said. "Which, objectively, is an improvement. Maybe 102 days later I'll be walking."
Patton and McNamara married in 2005 and share 7-year-old daughter Alice. The actor is known for King of Queens, Justified and Veep, and will appear on the new Hulu series Dimension 404.
"I don't get asked very often, you know, really super-deep things about myself and that is hard and it's scary. Really scary because you just feel like, 'Will I ever, ever again talk to somebody and have them see me as a person?'"
--Lady Gaga, on the downside of fame, on SiriusXM's Feedback talk show
Daisy Ridley responds to criticism about her 'Star Wars' character
Fans of the new Star Wars films have accused Daisy Ridley's character, Rey, of being too perfect, calling her a "Mary Sue."
Ridley responded to the criticism and said she found the use of the term Mary Sue confusing.
"I think Rey is incredibly vulnerable, and nothing she's doing is for the greater good," Ridley said. "She's just doing what she thinks is the right thing. And she doesn't want to do some of it, but she feels compelled to do it. So for me, I was just confused."
Ridley also pointed out the similarities between Rey and (her rumored father) Luke Skywalker and noted there was no similar backlash against that character, famously played by Mark Hamill.
"Everyone was saying that Luke had the same [capabilities]," Ridley said. "The Mary Sue thing in itself is sexist."
Ridley is reprising her role as Rey for the followup to Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which premieres on Dec. 15, 2017.
'God Particle' is J.J. Abrams' next 'Cloverfield' tie-in film according to report
Upcoming sci-fi thriller God Particle produced by J.J. Abrams will reportedly be a part of the Cloverfield film universe.
According to The Wrap, God Particle, which releases in theaters Feb. 24, is only the second in a series of films Abrams and Paramount are quietly developing which will tie into 2008's Cloverfield.
The studio and Abrams are said to be wanting a Cloverfield tie-in film to release each year.
God Particle, which follows a team of astronauts as they make a terrifying discovery, is directed by Julis Onah from a script by Oren Uziel and stars David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O'Dowd.
Cloverfield,a found-footage thriller which featured a monster destroying New York City, was followed up in March with the surprise reveal of 10 Cloverfield Lane which was previously titled Valencia.
A trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane was released only two months before release. The project starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead as she attempted to flee John Goodman who was keeping her captive inside his underground bunker due to an apparent attack on the outside world.
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