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Watch the New Video for Phife Dawg’s Posthumous Track ‘Nutshell Part 2’

Watch the New Video for Phife Dawg’s Posthumous Track ‘Nutshell Part 2’
On the fifth anniversary of Phife Dawgs death, March 22nd, a new video has arrived for the rapper’s posthumous single, “Nutshell Part 2,” featuring Busta Rhymes and Redman.

The video was directed by Tony Reames and features old footage of the late A Tribe Called Rapper spitting the spirited track (including for a rapt audience at a diner table). Busta Rhymes and Redman also appear in the clip, as do Q-Tip, Consequence, and DJ Rasta Root.

“Nutshell Part 2” is a remix of a track, “Nutshell,” released one month after Phife Dawg’s death.
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Daveed Diggs on How the Obama-Era ‘Hamilton’ Felt Like a Different Show Last Year Under Trump and Covid

Daveed Diggs on How the Obama-Era ‘Hamilton’ Felt Like a Different Show Last Year Under Trump and Covid
Daveed Diggs has been living with “Hamilton” since its first workshop in 2013. He won a Tony Award for his dual performance as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in 2016. And now in 2021, he finds himself up for a SAG Award for Disney Plus’ filmed version of the show. It’s a bit surreal for the actor, considering he hasn’t played the role in almost five years.

“That’s a totally different guy in that in that show,” Diggs says on this week’s episode of Variety’s Awards Circuit podcast. “So to have it come out, and this sort of revisit that time … it’s just, it’s wild, man. I think it’s probably like a pretty rare experience. You know, an art is always viewed in the context of the time in which the viewer is viewing it. And so to have a show that was on
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Janet Jackson Two-Night Documentary Event Set at Lifetime and A&e

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Janet Jackson Two-Night Documentary Event Set at Lifetime and A&e
Janet Jackson’s life story will get the documentary treatment next year from Lifetime and A&e to celebrate the 40th anniversary of her first album.

At its virtual upfront today, the A+E Networks group highlighted its upcoming programming slate and announced that Lifetime and A&e have ordered a two-night, four-hour documentary event with the working titled “Janet.” Jackson’s first album, titled “Janet Jackson,” was released in 1982 when she was 16.

The documentary, co-produced by Workerbee and Associated Entertainment Corporation, promises to offer unprecedented access to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s life, and an intimate, honest and unfiltered look at the untold story of one of the highest-earning artists in music history.

Filming on “Janet” has been under way for three years. The doc follows Janet as her family is going through the loss of her father, Joseph, the patriarch of the Jackson dynasty who passed
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A+E Networks’ Doc Slate: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Film on Protests, Series on Black Comedy, Hip-Hop

A+E Networks’ Doc Slate: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Film on Protests, Series on Black Comedy, Hip-Hop
A+E Networks announced a trio of new documentary projects on Wednesday, led by its second collaboration with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The NBA legend and racial justice advocate will executive produce a documentary film for History Channel about protests.

“Fight the Power: The Protests That Changed America” will look at the impact key protests have had on the evolution of the U.S. and will explore the question: Does the arc of the moral universe bend toward justice when pressure is applied? Abdul-Jabbar will executive produce with Deborah Morales of Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment and the Six West Media Group.

“The history of protest in America is also the history of social progress,” Abdul-Jabbar said. Last year, he received an Emmy nomination for narrating the documentary “Black Patriots: Heroes of the Revolution.”

Steve Ascher, Kristy Sabat, Jessica Conway, Kai Bowe and Stephen Mintz are executive producers for the Six West Media group. Eli Lehrer
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Janet Jackson Doc Series Lands At Lifetime, A&e; Reba McEntire Strikes Two Movie Deal With Female-Skewing Cable Net

Janet Jackson Doc Series Lands At Lifetime, A&e; Reba McEntire Strikes Two Movie Deal With Female-Skewing Cable Net
Lifetime and A&e are heading into the Rhythm Nation with a four-hour documentary about the life and music of Janet Jackson.

The A+E Networks brands will simulcast Janet across two nights in 2022.

It comes as Lifetime has struck a two-picture deal with Reba McEntire and A&e is launching documentary series Right to Offend: The Black Comedy Revolution and Secret Origins of Hip Hop.

Janet (w/t), coming on the back of the 40th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s debut album, will follow take a look at her musical success as well as her tumultuous private life. Workerbee, the British production company owned by Banijay, has been filming with Jackson over three years and has been granted exclusive access to archival footage and Janet’s never before seen home videos.

It comes as her dad, Joe Jackson, a pivotal figure in the Jackson dynasty, died in 2018, and will detail her
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Daft Punk Break Up

Daft Punk Break Up
Daft Punk, the widely celebrated and influential electronic duo, have broken up.

The group announced the decision via an eight-minute sequence, dubbed “Epilogue,” taken from their 2006 film, Electroma, in which two robots — meant to represent band members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter — venture into a desert where one gets blown up. An image of two robot hands forming a triangle then flashes on-screen with the time-stamp: 1993-2021.

Kathryn Frazier, Daft Punk’s longtime representative, confirmed the breakup to Rolling Stone but declined to provide any details on the split.
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Hear Phife Dawg’s ‘Nutshell Part 2’ With Busta Rhymes, Redman

Hear Phife Dawg’s ‘Nutshell Part 2’ With Busta Rhymes, Redman
Phife Dawg teams with Busta Rhymes and Redman for his posthumous single “Nutshell Part 2,” a remix of a track that was released one month after the A Tribe Called Quest rapper’s March 2016 death.

Boasting the same J Dilla beat as the original “Nutshell,” the late Phife Dawg took a recalibrated lyrical approach to “Nutshell Part 2,” with Busta Rhymes (a frequent Atcq collaborator) and Redman both conjuring up spirited verses.

“Nutshell Part 2” was originally intended for Phife Dawg’s Give Thanks EP, but that project — as well as his planned
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Phife Dawg’s Posthumous Solo LP ‘Forever’ Set for Release

Phife Dawg’s Posthumous Solo LP ‘Forever’ Set for Release
Five years after the death of A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg, the rapper’s second solo album is set to be posthumously released later this year.

Titled Forever, the album will be preceded Friday by first single “Nutshell Part 2” featuring Busta Rhymes and Redman, a continuation of sorts of Phife Dawg’s final single “Nutshell,” released less than a month after his March 2016 death.

In November 2015 — a year before A Tribe Called Quest’s reunion LP We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, which later served
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How To Watch New Year’s Eve Ball Drop: Livestream & TV Lineups

How To Watch New Year’s Eve Ball Drop: Livestream & TV Lineups
Times Square in New York will be closed to the public Thursday night for New Year’s Eve celebrations, the first time there won’t be a crowd at the iconic locale on December 31 since the first ball drop in 1907 (the first celebration at One Times Square in Manhattan was in 1904). But in a year in which the entertainment industry has had to adjust to a virtual stage, the show will go on and the ball will still drop at midnight.

Official Times Square New Year’s Eve co-organizers Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment will present a six-hour commercial-free webcast (closed to the public and following New York state health protocols), with Jonathan Bennett returning as host. It will include performances from Andra Day, Gloria Gaynor, the Uso Show Troupe and The Waffle Crew. Other New York-based performers on the night among the various broadcast and cable networks, which
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How New Year’s Eve Specials Adapted to the Pandemic

How New Year’s Eve Specials Adapted to the Pandemic
Despite this year’s best efforts, 2020 will in fact still end at midnight on Dec. 31.

To mark the occasion, multiple broadcast networks are still planning to hold their annual New Years Eve specials on Thursday night as the ball drops over Times Square in New York City. But like everything else this year, those specials will see a few changes from their normal operations.

As in years past, the specials will feature some pre-taped performances as well as multiple locations from which they will broadcast, such as New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans.

The most noticeable change will be the crowd in Times Square. Whereas the iconic New York location has held upwards of one million people in past years, this year there will only be about 150 invited guests in attendance. They are being called “The Heroes of 2020” and will be made up of front line workers, first responders,
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What to Watch on New Year’s Eve 2021: Jennifer Lopez, Kiss, Bieber and More

What to Watch on New Year’s Eve 2021: Jennifer Lopez, Kiss, Bieber and More
With New Year’s Eve arriving amid a global pandemic, an unprecedented number of (responsible) revelers will likely spend the last moments of 2020 social distanced and indoors. Thankfully, television networks and streamers have loaded up on big-name December 31st entertainment to help ease the transition into 2021.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (ABC)

The Times Square mainstay returns with host Ryan Seacrest and headliner Jennifer Lopez. The dual-coast celebration will also include performances by Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Maluma, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Porter, Brandy, En Vogue, as
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‘The Masked Dancer’ Premiere Reveals Identity of the Disco Ball: Here’s the Star Under the Mask

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‘The Masked Dancer’ Premiere Reveals Identity of the Disco Ball: Here’s the Star Under the Mask
It’s been 36 years since Ice-t’s film debut in the film “Breakin'” — but he briefly relived those poppin’ and lockin’ moments Sunday night on the premiere episode of Fox’s “The Masked Dancer.”

The “Law & OrderSvu” star and O.G. rapper was the first celebrity to be unmasked on the new “Masked Singer” spin-off (scroll down to watch), but he told Variety he was hesitant at first about doing the show.

“I told [my manager], ‘Yo, my dancing days are over,'” Ice-t said. “I used to breakdance but now I can [just] breakdance in my mind. My bones aren’t moving with the same speed… I used to do martial arts, so I could kick you in your head. Right now I throw that same kick and aim it at your head, it’s probably going to hit you somewhere in your pant pocket. The elevation just ain’t there no more.
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Disco Ball Had 1 Goal for ‘The Masked Dancer': ‘Stay Upright, Motherf–er’

Disco Ball Had 1 Goal for ‘The Masked Dancer': ‘Stay Upright, Motherf–er’
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the series premiere of Fox’s “The Masked Dancer.”)

Grammy-winning rapper and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” star Ice-t was the first celebrity contestant unmasked on Fox’s “Masked Singer” spinoff series, “The Masked Dancer.” And though the star has a breakdancing background and busted more than one move back in the day, Ice-t tells TheWrap he was not prepared for how difficult it would be to perform as anthropomorphic disco ball.

“This is not ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ This is more like, get up there and move with professional choreographers and just kind of like try to stay in the zone,” the 62-year-old actor, who was revealed to be the Disco Ball contestant on tonight’s series premiere of “Masked Dancer” said. “And honestly, once they taught me the choreography, I was going to try to hit all the steps until I realized that head weighed 20 lbs…
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Carson Daily Returning To Host ‘NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021’

Carson Daily Returning To Host ‘NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021’
NBC kicks off the new year with a star-studded lineup of musical guests for an evening of holiday fun with “NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021.”

The broadcast will feature performances from across the country by Ajr, Busta Rhymes featuring Anderson .Paak, Chloe x Halle, Cnco, Jason Derulo, Goo Goo Dolls, Kylie Minogue, Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha featuring [...]

The post Carson Daily Returning To Host ‘NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021’ appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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LeAnn Rimes (‘The Masked Singer’ Sun) unmasked interview: ‘This has been an overwhelming experience’

LeAnn Rimes (‘The Masked Singer’ Sun) unmasked interview: ‘This has been an overwhelming experience’
“This has been an overwhelming experience,” revealed an emotional LeAnn Rimes during her unmasked interview with host Nick Cannon on Wednesday night’s finale of “The Masked Singer.” The Grammy winner was revealed as the Sun after defeating Mushroom and Crocodile to win the Golden Mask trophy. Watch the Sun’s powerful performance of “The Story” by Brandi Carlile above.

See ‘The Masked Singer’ reveals for all seasons: Celebrities and costumes through the years

“I didn’t expect this to be this much work,” the country superstar confessed. “I was thinking, this will be easy, this will be fun! And it was a blast. I’ve totally been brought back to when I was a kid and I remember I was five years old when I told everyone I wanted to sing. I’ve always wondered how I knew at that age that I wanted to sing. I kind of
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Jenny McCarthy wins ‘The Masked Singer’ Golden Ear trophy, tells fellow panelists to ‘go suck it!’ [Watch]

Jenny McCarthy wins ‘The Masked Singer’ Golden Ear trophy, tells fellow panelists to ‘go suck it!’ [Watch]
After winning “The Masked Singer’s” first-ever Golden Ear trophy, Jenny McCarthy tweeted some shade at her fellow panelists in her acceptance speech video. “You can go suck it!” she jokingly proclaimed about her co-workers (watch below). Jenny stated the importance of remaining “dignified” and “humble” in her speech, then secretly did a little gloating when the camera cut away. This actress and TV host took home the ear-shaped prize during the Season 4 finale for having the most first impression guesses throughout the competition. In fact, she had four, which was twice the number of Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger, who tied at two apiece. The last judge, Ken Jeong, finished with zero — womp, womp.

See ‘The Masked Singer’ reveals for all seasons: Celebrities and costumes through the years

“My dreams came true! I won,” she said in the video. “I’m the first recipient of the Golden Ear trophy on ‘The Masked Singer.
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Which ‘Masked Singer’ Judge Won the Golden Ear Trophy?

Which ‘Masked Singer’ Judge Won the Golden Ear Trophy?
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Season 4 finale of “The Masked Singer.”)

The Masked Singer” ended its fourth season tonight with the crowning of a new winner of the show’s Golden Mask trophy — and the first winner of its Golden Ear trophy.

As viewers who have been keeping up with the show already know, “The Masked Singer” introduced the Golden Ear trophy at the start of Season 4, with host Nick Cannon explaining that one panelist — either Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger or Robin Thicke — would win the prize at the end of the season based on who had the most correct “first impression” guesses by the finale.

On Wednesday’s two-hour season closer, we learned that McCarthy had won the coveted prize — well, less coveted than the Golden Mask trophy, but pretty important to the judges competing for it. The overall competition was won by Sun, who
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‘The Masked Singer’ Season 4 Winner Revealed: Who Are Sun, Crocodile and Mushroom?

‘The Masked Singer’ Season 4 Winner Revealed: Who Are Sun, Crocodile and Mushroom?
(Warning: Major spoilers ahead for the Season 4 finale of “The Masked Singer.”)

The fourth season of “The Masked Singer” came to a close Wednesday with the identity reveals for the final three contestants, one of whom was awarded the Golden Mask trophy by the end of the episode.

The two-hour finale included a recap of Season 4 of the wacky Fox singing competition, which saw the unmaskings of 16 contestants in total. The first 13 were Seahorse (Tori Kelly), Jellyfish (Chloe Kim), Popcorn (Taylor Dayne), Broccoli (Paul Anka), Serpent (Dr. Elvis Francois), Whatchamacallit (Lonzo Ball), Snow Owls (Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black) Squiggly Monster (Bob Saget), Lips (Wendy Williams), Baby Alien (Mark Sanchez), Giraffe (Brian Austin Green), Gremlin (Mickey Rourke) and Dragon (Busta Rhymes).

On tonight’s finale, finalists Crocodile, Mushroom and Sun all performed again for panelists Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger, Ken Jeong and Robin Thicke, as well as “The Masked Singer
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Jenny McCarthy in lead to win ‘The Masked Singer’ Golden Ear trophy on finale night

Jenny McCarthy in lead to win ‘The Masked Singer’ Golden Ear trophy on finale night
When the Season 4 finale of “The Masked Singer” airs Wednesday, December 16 on Fox, Two trophies will be handed out. First and foremost, we’ll all find out whether Sun, Crocodile or Mushroom takes home the Golden Mask. In addition, whichever panelist ends up with the most correct first impression guesses will be awarded with the inaugural Golden Ear. Right now Jenny McCarthy is in the lead to win this sought-after prize, but it’s still anyone’s game with the Final 3 unmaskings still to be revealed.

See ‘The Masked Singer’ reveals for all seasons: Celebrities and costumes through the years

Throughout the competition, Jenny was savvy enough to guess the secret identities of Gremlin (Mickey Rourke), Lips (Wendy Williams) and Squiggly Monster (Bob Saget) as her first impressions. To compare, her sleuthy co-judges Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger have two points apiece (see below). Rounding out the panel is Ken Jeong,
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Gwen Stefani, Doja Cat and More Stars to Perform at NBC's New Year's Eve Special

Gwen Stefani, Doja Cat and More Stars to Perform at NBC's New Year's Eve Special
The lineup for NBC's New Year's Eve 2021 with Carson Daly is here, and it features an epic group of performers.  The broadcast will air live from Times Square in New York City, and will feature performances from across the country. This year, fans can look forward to performances by Ajr, Busta Rhymes featuring Anderson .Paak, Chloe x Halle, Cnco, Jason Derulo, Goo Goo Dolls, Kylie Minogue, Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha featuring Doja Cat, Blake SheltonGwen Stefani and Sting featuring Shirazee. In addition to the artists taking the stage this year, Carson will be joined by co-hosts Amber Ruffin, star of Peacock's The Amber Ruffin Show, and Stephen "tWitch" Boss, DJ...
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