Watching the ‘Grease: Live’ control room is almost better than the real show


As electrifying as Grease: Live was, it turns out the show was rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong behind the scenes. (Translation: even more exciting.)

Carrie Havel, the associate director for Fox's live telecast, shared a video from the control room showing how she and her team made lighting-fast calls in order to keep the cameras and cuts up to tempo with the show's energetic song-and-dance routines

Havel posted the video — taken during "Greased Lightning" — to Facebook, along with a description of what her job entailed

People reports that Grease: Live, which involved 600 cast and crew members, 300 costumes and 21 sets, drew 12.2 million viewers. Read more...

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Aunt Viv from ‘Fresh Prince’ slams Jada and Will Smith for Oscars boycott


Aunt Viv has some harsh words for her former Fresh Prince family

Actress Janet Hubert, who starred for three seasons on the hit '90s sitcom as Will Smith's aunt (before she was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid), posted a Facebook video on Monday slamming Jada Pinkett Smith. The Gotham star had previously called for actors of color to boycott the Oscars after only white actors were nominated for awards this year.

"First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?" Hubert began — referring to Pinkett Smith's husband, Will Smith, a two-time Oscar nominee who was shut out of the 2016 race Read more...

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Google Adds More Music, TV And Movie Content To Mobile Search, Including Recommendations

google-search-android-phone-hand An update to Google search rolling out to mobile users is putting a greater emphasis on music and media, including recommendations on songs, TV shows, movies, and more. Now, when searching for things like singers, actors, films and other related items, Google will return enhanced results that provide information like lyrics, covers, or song recommendations for music searches, as well as details… Read More

Facebook wants you to post status updates while watching TV


What's the fun of watching TV without using social media to catch up with other fans?

Facebook's got some new tools aimed squarely at grabbing the "second screen," a fan experience that fast-moving Twitter has so far locked down

The social giant has announced a bevy of features that look to attract TV broadcasters by offering the chance to receive immediate feedback and content from their viewers.

The goal: Deepening its relationships with a part of the media world that still holds the keys to very big advertising bucks

Bob Morgan, partner engineering director at Facebook, wrote in a blog post that the tools boil down to three particular areas: Engaging fans, polling them for their input, and curating photos and videos that can then be shown on TV. Read more...

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Consumer Watchdog Groups Complain Updated YouTube Kids App Still Exposes Children To Deceptive Ads

YouTube Kids Screenshot YouTube announced changes to its kid-friendly YouTube Kids mobile application this week designed to better educate parents on how the app works and the protections it offers, following a number of complaints, including those to the FTC, from consumer watchdog organizations. But the groups today are saying that YouTube hasn’t gone far enough with the updated YouTube Kids app, calling… Read More

Android TV Gets HBO, Showtime, CBS, Disney And More

googleTV_showtime As the definition of “watching TV” moves further away from meaning “paying for cable,” a number of major tech companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku and others, are angling to make their streaming media player the connected TV box of choice for those cutting the cord. Google actually has two entrants in this space: its recently upgraded Chromecast dongles and… Read More

Let’s recap again: Your Facebook privacy statement is utterly meaningless


Here's a friendly tip from John Oliver to you: "Just because you say something in the voice of a southern debutante does not make it legally binding."

And hopefully that ends all doubt in your mind that the Facebook privacy status may be real and not a stupid, never-ending hoax

If you really want to protect your social media information, just share this John Oliver clip — it's 100% legally binding.

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That big Viola Davis win was social media’s most talked-about Emmys moment


Viola Davis ruled Emmys night in more ways than one.

The Best Actress winner and her epic speech were the night's most talked about moments on both Facebook and Twitter, according to both sites. Davis became the first black actress to win the award for lead actress in a drama. She accepted her award with a rousing speech, quoting Harriet Tubman and dedicating it to women of color who had paved the way.

BOOM! "You cannot win an Emmy for roles that simply aren't there." ~ @ViolaDavis, 1st African-American to win Lead Actress in a Drama #Emmys

— Brian A. Hernandez (@BAHjournalist) September 21, 2015

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‘Downton Abbey’ cast and crew document the #LastDaysofDownton with some choice selfies


Downton Abbey is officially coming to an end with its sixth season. If that isn't enough to break your heart, the cast and crew have documented the show's final days in a way their characters never could — a hashtag

Social media may not have been available for the Crawleys, but thankfully, their modern-day equivalents can share behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the final season via #LastDaysofDownton.

You might hate seeing them go, but what a way to watch them leave

Gate closing! Crawleys do LA #LastDaysOfDownton photo credit @gracewcurtis

A photo posted by Laura Carmichael (@larrycarmichael) on

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Bill Nye reads mean tweets about himself, hilariously shuts down science-hating trolls


Taking a tip from Jimmy Kimmel, scientist Bill Nye has decided to read mean tweets about himself

The Science Guy read and responded to the trollish tweets to promote the Kickstarter campaign for the upcoming documentary about his life

Surprise, surprise — a lot of his mean tweets are from climate change deniers. Nye hilariously shuts them down, even retorting to one troll with this classy little response: "I'm sorry you're cluttering up the Internet."

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