America’s Got Talent Releases Cast Lineup For Season 13

It’s about that time of year. America’s Got Talent’s Season 13 is well underway. Though the official premiere date has not been announced, people were curious to see if Tyra Banks and the rest of the crew would be back again this year.

Season 12 was a bit rocky. In a shocking last-minute event, Nick Cannon made some comments that angered the officials at NBC. So Cannon was gone and Banks filled in. However, many people didn’t feel any vibes from her, and it seemed she was better suited for the runway than as the host of this famous television show.

Simon Cowell, director, and producer of the show, filled the missing spot when Howard Stern left. Cowell brought a great deal of emotion to the table and Stern wasn’t even missed. Then there was Mel B. She went through a bitter divorce that was a little too public this year. Her dirty laundry was aired all over the tabloids, making many wonder if she would lose her position on the hit show.

Well, all speculation can be put to rest. Everyone that participated in Season 12 will be back for Season 13. Simon Cowell struck a chord with the audiences, and people want more. Since the birth of his son, it seems that Cowell has softened a bit. Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Mel B and Tyra Banks will all be on Season 13.

Even though there was much upheaval the past year’s show, it was the highest watched season in the AGT’s history. Let’s hope that this year is just as great.

Sunday Night is the New Primetime for The CW Network

2009 saw the end of The CW’s Sunday night programming, but it appears that nine years later it’s due for a resurrection. The network is expanding, with a 20% increase in their scheduled programming, and needs new slots for it all. Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, feels like it’s a smart move despite competition from “The Walking Dead” on AMC and “Sunday Night Football” on NBC. This is because of the “counterprogramming” that The CW offers.

The CW has become known for airing cult shows such as the musical comedy “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and a slew of comic book adaptations including “Supergirl.” They are also jumping on the remake bandwagon. The CW’s new adaptations of “Roswell” and “Charmed” are slated to start filming this spring.

Pedowitz continued that the end goal is to “become more of a year-round player.” This has manifested itself through an increase in mid-season programming. He also revealed that some shows will continue their seasons into the summer. The network’s station affiliates are eager to cooperate with the planned expansion. Several deals have already come through.

The CW will go up against Fox in terms of programming hours. Fox air about 15 hours, although this includes reality TV and sports. By contrast, The CW plans to air about 12 hours. (However, a majority of those hours will be devoted to original, scripted content.)

Michelle Wolf to Receive a Netflix Talk Show

Netflix is a company that is quickly expanding their library. While the service first offered DVDs from movie studios around the world, Netflix is now able to compete with other multimedia studios. In recent years, Netflix has created many of their own television shows and movies. It now appears that Netflix is looking to focus on offering late-night programming to its subscribers with the help of Michelle Wolf.

Michelle Wolf has made a huge positive impact on Hollywood since she began her career in entertainment. Wolf has written for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” as well as contributing to the “Daily Show with Trevor Noah”. Recently, she even had her own stand up special titled “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady” that aired on HBO to rave reviews.

Variety reported that Netflix made a recent announcement that Michelle Wolf will be hosting her own late-night series that will air once per week. This news comes on the heels of Netflix launching the massively popular “My Guest Needs No Introduction” series with the legendary late-night name David Letterman hosting.

To summarize, Netflix has recently secured another major talent into its late-night lineup of television programs. This streaming company has been known to create programs of their own but is now placing a heavy emphasis on entering into the world of late-night talk shows. Michelle Wolf is the newest start to receive her own Netflix talk show that will air weekly. As of this writing, this show has no official title or air date.

Philly QB Nick Foles discusses winning Super Bowl

For Eagles fans, it seemed is if a Super Bowl win would never happen. After all, the team had been trying for 52 years to break what seem to be a terrible spell. At this year’s Super Bowl, a miracle finally occurred. With the Eagles pitted against one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, even the most rabid fans had doubts about the team’s likelihood of winning. However, Nick Foles stepped into the role of quarterback with a grace and presence that has rarely been seen in professional sports. After franchise quarterback Carson Wentz was injured earlier in the season, it was up to Nick Foles to step into the role and to win.

Against all odds, he succeeded. And Philly fans, who would been starved of a win for so long, were ecstatic. In fact, they are still overwhelmingly ecstatic. When Nick Foles recently went on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show, he discussed the passion and pride of the Eagles fans. He also had some hilarious comments regarding his eccentric teammate Jason Kelce, who made one of the most memorable Super Bowl parade speeches of all time. Dressed in a Philadelphia Mummers parade outfit, Kelce Honored the contributions of his teammates, whom he believed had been mistreated by the media. As he described his reaction to the speech, it was easy to see why Nick Foles has been dubbed “Saint Nick” by Philly media.

Jimmy Kimmel on Presidential Portraits

As the new portraits of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have been unveiled, both have been met with praise and criticism. For the first time in American history, African-American artists were commissioned to create both of these works. Artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald have also claimed another first in the history of presidential portraiture by breaking away from traditional compositions and palettes that have been so prominent in past commissioned works. Kehinde’s portrait of Barack Obama places him in front of a verdant floral background, with blooms that represent Chicago, Hawaii and Kenya, while Sherald’s representation of Michelle Obama utilizes a grey scale palette to create a calm and dignified portrait that conveys a sense of dignity and strength.

While much discussion has been generated about these two portraits, one thing is certain; These portraits are like none other that have been produced in honor of previous First Families. It proved to be rich fodder for late night talk show hosts across the board, with everyone from Seth Myers to Steven Colbert riffing on the works themselves, and the controversy that they have generated. Check out Jimmy Kimmel’s take on the situation here, where he ponders what the next presidential portrait might look like, given the tendencies of the current commander in chief. Rest assured, it got a lot of laughs.

“Haters” May Hate But Judge Dismisses Taylor Swift Lawsuit

A US judge ruling on a lawsuit against Taylor Swift decided to “Shake It Off,” and dismiss the case. Swift was being sued by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler for similarities between their 2001 minor hit “Playas Gon’ Play” written for girl group 3LW and Swift’s 2014 mega hit “Shake It Off.” While the song “Playas Gon’ Play” experienced mediocre success, both songwriters have had notable careers individually, working with talent such as Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Maroon 5, and Luther Vandross.

The issue at the case’s core was whether the lyrics “playas gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” were unique enough to warrant a copyright protection. Hall and Butler argued that the phrases were quintessential to the structure of their 2001 song and that Swift, in essence, had plagiarized their work.

The judge, Michael W. Fitzgerald, spoke strong words about the basis of the case, stating that Hall and Butler’s lyrics are “too brief, unoriginal, and uncreative to warrant protection under the Copyright Act.” Fitzgerald argued that the phrases “playa” and “hater” were commonplace in culture prior to 2001 and did not originate with Hall and Butler. He also called the lyrics “banal,” claiming that “actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative” and could be compared to “runners gonna run” or “drummers gonna drum.” Hall and Butler were unhappy with decision. Their lawyer, Gerard Fox, was displeased that the judge didn’t seek out a music expert to give an opinion on the lyrics’ originality. Meanwhile, Swift will continue prepping for her Reputation Stadium Tour, which is set to kick off May 8, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona.

Jimmy Fallon earns ratings win

Jimmy Fallon finally achieved a much-needed win, as he scored Olympic gold for the first week of February.
Fallon, the host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” was bolstered by a special live broadcast on Feb. 8 following the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremonies, The Wrap reported. The show garnered a 1.28 rating among adults age 18-49 and he drew more than 4.6 million viewers on the night, topping weekly ratings winner Stephen Colbert of CBS’ “Late Show.”
The night’s demographic number was Fallon’s largest since Nov. 24, 2016, The Wrap noted. Fallon also set a mark for his largest audience since earlier this year. The first two months of 2018 have been good for the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member.
“The Tonight Show” was ahead in average viewers, with Colbert second and Jimmy Kimmel of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was third. Fallon’s win was the first since June of 2017, The Wrap reported.
“The Tonight Show” also won in average viewers ages 18-49. The show has won that demographic the most since the new ratings war began. Colbert rocketed to the top by grabbing Liberal and older viewers with his nightly jokes surrounding President Donald Trump.
Fallon veered from those jokes for the most part, but lost ground to Colbert and Kimmel. Fallon has since added more jokes and skits about the president. His latest win also was helped by a later viewing audience due to the opening ceremonies and his show has taken a hiatus during Olympics coverage.

Ozzy Says Goodbye To World Travel and Remembers His 40 Year Journey

John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne is the infamous rocker that people love to hate. While he can barely speak a plain word due to the overuse of drugs and alcohol for more than 40 years, he can still sing a song that will bring a tear to your eye.

Ozzy announced that he would no longer be touring. His next stunt, which will last about two years, will be his last. Though he is not quitting the music industry, he is not going to be touring for six months out of the year. He recently sat down with Rolling Stone to discuss his successful career and what has kept him going. During the midst of the conversation, he also mentioned the most bizarre thing he had ever experienced on the road.

Like most rockers, Ozzy feels the energy from the crowd, and he feeds on it. If people are not responding to him, he will throw buckets of freezing water on them. One night he will never forget. He was with a group of people that were not moving, clapping or doing anything. He felt like he was in the Twilight Zone as most fans get with the music. He called the manager of the stadium over to see what was wrong. After throwing buckets of icy water into the crowd, they still didn’t seem any more excited.

It appears the entire crowd was deaf. He was paid to put on a concert for people who couldn’t hear a word. The beauty is they felt his music through the vibrations in their feet. It was an event that changed him and how he viewed his music forever.

The Meaningful Life of Michael Hagele

Michael Hagele says his life was changed while working his worst job ever: working at a car wash in Chicago during the winter. It was during this time that he became determined to get a good education and do something meaningful with his life. So he began his professional life by earning his B.A. from the University of Iowa and then a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. After that, he worked at Fenwick & West LLP in the Licensing and Online Commerce Group. He later represented a large number of internet companies in all of their legal affairs.

Today he is enormously in demand for his business and legal expertise. He currently serves as outside general counsel for a variety of technology, aerospace, internet, defense, and biotechnology industries. He is also the founder and investor in a wide range of restaurants and hospitality companies throughout those industries. Over the years, Hagele has garnered much business experience in telecommunications, software, and hardware areas. Although he excels in very many areas involving business, technology remains his top specialty. Follow Michael Hagele on Instagram for more updates.

The first thing he does every day is handle the affairs of his technology clients. He does all that in the morning but takes time out of his busy schedule in the afternoon to go for a rejuvenating bike ride. He says he often gets his best ideas during these bike rides. For the rest of the day, he will resolve older problems with those ideas or deal with new problems that come up during that time. Sometimes, he says, implementing problem resolutions is not so easy. This requires that you have much perseverance and keep at it until it is accomplished.

Hagele thinks that Artificial Intelligence will have a huge impact on the future of the technology industry and will drastically alter the way everyone does everything. He is extremely optimistic about this coming change. While his technology clients are very important to him, Hagele always puts all of his clients first in every situation. He says always thinking about their interests before yours is the true key to success. Learn more:


Nathan Lane Appears on Colbert

On Friday, comedian Stephen Colbert invited Nathan Lane to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about his recent success on the West End. Lane has been starring in a revival of Angels in America in the United Kingdom.

Lane arrived at the Ed Sullivan theater Friday fresh from his run of Angels in America at London’s Royal National Theatre. The play ran in London from April to August 2017. It is scheduled to open at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York City on March 23. The two-part play, which clocks in at over seven hours, is currently slated to be on Broadway for 18 weeks.

Lane was greeted enthusiastically by the studio audience for his first appearance opposite the late night show host. After making a few jokes at the expense of porn star Stormy Daniels and the designer of the Ed Sullivan theater’s lavish interior, Lane rendered Colbert speechless with laughter when he demonstrated a spit-take for the audience. He then proceeded to outline his fondness for taking Uber and cab rides during his stay in London.

The Broadway star also discussed his role as Roy Cohn in Angels in America. Lane praised the intelligence of the real-life Cohn and touched on the deceased lawyer’s past associations with President Trump. During the interview, Lane attributed the play’s success to its focus on the possibility of positive change in the world.

Lane, who played meerkat Timon in the animated film The Lion King, also revealed that actor Billy Eichner e-mailed him right away to tell him that he had been cast as Timon in the upcoming live action version of The Lion King. Lane jokingly berated Eichner for winning the role and laughingly suggested that he remake The Birdcage with Ryan Gosling.