Photo-Illustration: Vulture and Photos by Getty Images 1912: The U.S. government breaks up the New York–based conglomerate Motion Picture Patents Company, a.k.a. the Movie Trust. This paves the way for a newly formed Universal to open studios in L.A. and attract more of the budding film industry. 1928: Each of the big eight film studios now opens in L.A., ushering in the “Golden Age” of film in Hollywood. At the same time, Schenectady stations W2XB and WGY transmit the first-ever televised drama, The Queen’s Messenger , to Los Angeles. Direct lines between the entertainment industries on the two coasts begin to be drawn. 1938: After more than a decade of operating solely out of New York, radio-broadcast rivals NBC and CBS confirm the pull of L.A. by opening studios there. 1939: The earliest commercial-TV experiments begin with NBC station W2XBS, establishing New York as the new medium’s hub of innovation. 1946: Contrary to conventional East Coast wisdom, director Jerry Fairbanks eschews live broadcast and pioneers multi-cam TV production in L.A. Sitcoms are not far behind. 1948: Vaudeville superstar comic Milton Berle hosts first televised variety show, The Texaco Star Theatre , for NBC in NYC. Growing television audiences go nuts. 1951: Despite a network pull to film in New York, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz insist on shooting I Love Lucy in L.A. The sitcom soon bumps Texaco as the nation’s No. 1 TV hit. 1954: Tonight Starring Steve Allen — late-night variety talk-show precursor to the juggernaut that is The Tonight Show — begins broadcasting from New York’s Hudson Theater. 1956: The Milton Berle Show , descendant of Texaco Star Theatre , ends its broadcast not in New York but in Los Angeles. Despite Berle’s leap west, The Ed Sullivan Show continues to broadcast out of NYC and showcases early nightclub comics such as Phyllis Diller and Jackie Mason. 1963: Budd Friedman opens his first Improvisation club … [Read more...] about The History of Comedians Moving Between NYC and L.A.
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March 02, 2021 - 16:02 GMT Hanna Fillingham The Talk's Sharon Osbourne took to Instagram to share a glimpse inside her jaw-dropping home gym at her family's mansion in LA Sharon Osbourne has a number of properties, including a gorgeous home in Los Angeles where she has been staying with husband Ozzy Osbourne during the pandemic. MORE: Sharon Osbourne's kitchen looks like an American diner - take a look The Talk star has been posting pictures from inside the house over the past year, and over the weekend, shared a look inside one of the most impressive rooms to date – her home gym. The mother-of-three had posted a fun picture of one of her dogs, Heidi, resting on a piece of training equipment while clutching a tennis ball in her paw. Loading the player... VIDEO: Sharon Osbourne's kitchen is like an American diner - take a tour "Heidi dropping some hints..," Sharon captioned the image, which was liked over 5,000 times. As well as a gym, the mansion, which is located in the celebrity-favoured Hancock Park , boasts eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms, as well as a sprawling garden complete with water fountains and a swimming pool. MORE: Sharon Osbourne's home cost 17x an average house in LA - see inside MORE: Sharon Osbourne looks unrecognisable with wild hair in epic throwback photo with Ozzy The home has been a sanctuary for her in recent months following her battle with coronavirus. Sharon Osbourne shared a glimpse inside her family's home gym Sharon tested positive for the life-threatening disease in December and was forced to quarantine in her bedroom away from her family after spending time in hospital. Luckily, the former X Factor star is feeling a lot better, and opened up about the scary experience on her first day back on The Talk in January. SEE: Sharon Osbourne shares look inside huge living room of LA home MORE: Sharon … [Read more...] about Sharon Osbourne shares glimpse inside jaw-dropping home gym at family’s $12M mansion
Photo: SAG AFTRA Last month, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists — the labor union better known by its acronym SAG-AFTRA, though it’s my understanding most people just call it SAG — approved an “ influencer agreement ,” setting up a pathway for the now-ubiquitous creative class to gain membership and access protections typically afforded to more traditional forms of creative work. I learned this, of course, the same way I learn about most other economic developments in the influencer space, which is by reading Taylor Lorenz, who wrote an informative piece on the matter for The New York Times. What happens in influencer-land is increasingly pertinent to what happens here in podcast-land, in part because influencers as a talent ecosystem have flowed quite a bit into the podcast business in recent years, as they have just almost everywhere else as part of their search for greater revenue diversification. It’s also just interesting to see SAG-AFTRA, a staple component of the broader mainstream entertainment ecosystem which formed out of a 2012 merger between two unions that originated in the thirties, open its doors to this thoroughly modern creative class. It’s a move that theoretically creates value going both ways: As much as this story amounts to some mainstream recognition of this new influencer economy, it’s also about SAG-AFTRA working to keep up with the times. “Making it easier to cover this type of work has been a top priority for our organization,” said SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris in the press release about the approval . “As new ways of storytelling emerge, it’s imperative that we embrace and lift up these artists.” That’s all well and good, of course. The question, however, is the extent to which the union will adequately do that embracing and lifting for all other kinds of emergent artists and industries as well. Around the time the influencer agreement was approved, I spotted a … [Read more...] about Can the Screen Actors Guild and Podcasters Get Along?
March 02, 2021 - 23:46 GMT Rebecca Lewis Kate Hudson has shared an adorable behind the scenes snap of a loved-up Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Kate Hudson has shared an adorable behind the scenes snap of a loved-up Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Goldie’s daughter Kate was nominated for several Golden Globes on Sunday, and revealed her mom and stepdad are still madly in love after nearly 40 years. In the picture, shared on Instagram, Kurt leans in to give his partner a kiss on the lips. Award winner Goldie, wearing a strappy black floral summer dress, was seated on a stool leaning up for the public display of affection. SEE: Kate Hudson's home is practically identical to mother Goldie Hawn's Loading the player... WATCH: Kate Hudson's daughter Rani has adorable sing-along with grandma Goldie Hawn "Cannot handle this, cutest couple ever," shared celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe as one fan added: "Best couple in the world. Love them." Sharon Stone commented: "They r the best," while others said they were “obsessed” with the pair. 'They r the best,' shared Sharon Stone Goldie and Kurt had joined Kate and her family for Sunday’s Golden Globes , for which Kate was nominated for several awards. Kate was also joined by fiancé Danny Fujikawa, daughter Rani and brother Oliver Hudson, and the group posed for a gorgeous family photo at Kate's home during the evening. Kate shared the snap on Instagram, revealing where they all came together to celebrate the awards, after transforming Kate's living space into a beautiful cinema room complete with enormous projector screen. MORE: Goldie Hawn reacts in shock to Oliver Hudson's 'crying' video MORE: Goldie Hawn's son Oliver's appearance divides fans in latest post Kate Hudson transformed her living space into a cinema room The family sat on a retro-style floral sofa, which is in keeping with the vintage … [Read more...] about Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell caught kissing in loved-up backstage photo – fans react
I Got a Story to Tell achieves something notably slicker than your average Biggie murder story Photo: George DuBose At the heart of “ Juicy ,” one of hip-hop’s most indelible rags-to-riches anthems, is the world-beating joy of a Black boy from Brooklyn realizing his dreams are finally within reach. The lilt in the voice of the 21-year-old Notorious B.I.G. as he detailed quality of life improvements that new fame allowed — a Super Nintendo and a Sega Genesis, a nice television and a leather couch to watch it on, bottles of champagne at the ready — is perfectly infectious. The boasts are modest, signs of the bleakness of prospects for inner city youth who didn’t come from great means, many of whom would never find chances to experience the world past streets they grew up in. “Juicy” plays with a familiar formula: As with early rap gems like Sugar Hill Gang ’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the Treacherous Three’s “Feel the Heartbeat,” or the Funky 4 + 1’s “That’s the Joint” and “Rappin and Rocking the House,” “Juicy” lifts its unstoppable bounce off a popular cookout anthem, New York post-disco icons Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit,” reimagining the music of the artist’s childhood as a launchpad for more adult concerns. What sets the Ready to Die staple apart from similar moments of pride throughout hip-hop history is that at the time of recording, things weren’t yet “all good” for Biggie. He had cut his teeth doing an impressive array of guest appearances by the summer of 1994, when he released the lead single from his debut album, most notably on remixes to Bad Boy and Uptown Records affiliates Craig Mack and Mary J. Blige’s “Flava in Ya Ear,” “Real Love,” and “What’s the 411?” He’d already shined on 1993’s “Party and Bullshit” and stole the show on “A Bunch of Niggas,” the closer on the Heavy D and the Boyz highlight Blue Funk . He’d been in The Source , the bible of 20th-century hip-hop, in 1992 thanks to his impressive demo tape. He didn’t have a hit record … [Read more...] about Biggie’s Story Finally Gets a Proper Retelling
February 14, 2021 - 19:27 GMT Jessica Finn Kelly Ripa shared a beautiful video of her and Mark over the last 25 years, showing PDA and even getting a little frisky… Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have a long, storied marriage that spans a full 25 years this May, so this Valentine's Day is particularly special to them - and Kelly made sure to commemorate it perfectly. The Live with Kelly and Ryan host posted a gorgeous, nearly three minute long, video montage showcasing their love and their beautiful family. Included in the clips are shots of Kelly and Mark on vacations, at work events and at home. Some of the sweet snaps and short clips show the couple locked in loving embraces, kissing and even one that airs on the risque side with Kelly bending over in front of Mark. MORE: Kelly Ripa shares show-stopping swimsuit photo from family holiday Loading the player... WATCH: Kelly Ripa's tear jerking video montage celebrating nearly 25 years of marriage to Mark Consuelos And no celebration of their love would be complete without their three beautiful children. Included in the montage are gorgeous photos and videos of their children; Lola, Michael and Joaquin spanning from their childhood to present day. It wasn't always rainbows and sunshine for the couple, however. Kelly recently opened up about how she didn't have an engagement ring for nearly 10 years. MORE: Kelly Ripa shares rare photo of son Michael - and he's identical to dad Mark Consuelos REA: Kelly Ripa makes emotional revelation about son Joaquin The couple, here in 2014, celebrate 25 years this May During an interview on Anna Faris’ podcast, Unqualified , Kelly made the revelation that the couple never even had an engagement before their Las Vegas wedding day. "We just eloped," she candidly said. However, the Live with Kelly and Ryan host did finally get a diamond, on their 10-year wedding … [Read more...] about Kelly Ripa shares stunning tear jerking Valentine’s Day video for Mark Consuelos