On December 2, NBC continued its tradition of adapting some of Broadway’s most memorable musicals to live television programming via a reimagined version of the TONY Award-winning production ‘Annie.’

With singing sensation Celina Smith assuming the role of the titular character and award-winning entertainers Taraji P. Henson, Tituss Burgess, Nicole Scherzinger, and Harry Connick Jr. delivering updated takes on the rest of the play’s beloved characters, the all-star cast charged to screens last Thursday to enter a ratings showdown against the likes of Thursday Night Football, wildly popular ABC sitcom ‘Young Sheldon,’ and more.

Hop inside to see exactly how it fared:

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“Star-studded” doesn’t even begin to define the jam-packed cast list for Netflix’s forthcoming movie venture, ‘Don’t Look Up.’

Written and directed by Adam McKay, the dark comedy – which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence as well as Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Cate Blanchett, Tyler Perry, Kid Cudi, Ariana Grande, and many other big names – chronicles the happenings of two astronomers who must warn mankind about a comet set to collide with and destroy the Earth.

Ahead of its December 10 premiere in theaters (and December 24 rollout on Netflix), ‘Up’ has seen its original teaser extended for your viewing pleasure.   Look inside for a refreshed tease.

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Octavia Spencer has long been renowned for wowing in any role she takes on and her appearance in Sci-Fi thriller ‘Encounter’ is no different.

The Academy Award winner stars alongside Riz Ahmed, who leads as Malik in the Amazon Studios production.

Set to premiere on Amazon’s Prime Video on December 10, the high-octane film centers on a Marine (Ahmed) who embarks on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from an inhuman threat. Spencer supports in the role of loyalist Hattie.
Ahead of the movie’s premiere, That Grape Juice‘s Patrick Buchanan sat down with the superstar who opened up about what drew her to ‘Encounter,’ picking her iconic roles, and her own support system.
Check out the interview above and be sure to stream ‘Encounter’ will it lands on Prime Video on December 10.

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Riz Ahmed takes the lead in Amazon Studios‘ hotly-anticipated Sc-Fi thriller ‘Encounter.’

Set to storm onto Amazon’s Prime Video platform on December 10, the film sees the revered actor star as Malik – a  decorated Marine.

Directed by Michael Pearce and co-starring Octavia Spencer, the action-packed title chronicles his mission to rescue his young sons (played by Lucian-River Chauhan and Aditya Geddad) from an inhuman threat.

With the path to safety marred by a myriad of twists and turns, the youngsters quickly learn that life as they know it may never be the same.

That Grape Juice‘s Patrick Buchanan sat down with the cast, who dished on the film in earnest. Ahmed, who is renowned for being vocal about representation and equality, also shared what he’d like to see more of in Hollywood moving forward.

Check out TGJ’s cast interview above and our chat with director Pearce after the jump…

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In tragic news, Nick Cannon has announced that his five-month-old son, Zen Cannon, has died.

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With ‘Pose’ as a potent springboard, Dyllón Burnside is now flying and sky truly is the limit.

The 32-year-old rose to prominence in the role of Ricky Evangelista on the groundbreaking ballroom series. Across the show’s three seasons, he shone as a character that – much like ‘Pose’ at large – defined layered and served as a mirror to the marginalized.

Having waved goodbye to the FX show, Burnside has marched forward with his career by starring in ‘American Horror Story,’ blazing Broadway in ‘Thoughts of a Colored Man,’ and amplifying his musical output. The latter is of particular focus and has seen the multi-hyphenate talent team with Daley for his new single ‘Heaven.’

That Grape Juice‘s Chet Kincaid sat down with Burnside, who opened up about his journey, latest projects, LGBTQ representation, and much more.

Check out the interview above and be sure to watch the video for ‘Heaven’ after the jump…

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‘Insecure’ has returned for its fifth and final season. And while it’s hard for fans to say goodbye, they’re undoubtedly in for a treat.

The HBO comedy has struck a chord with millions thanks to its wonderfully witty and immersive take on the story of two friends – Issa and Molly.

Led by Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji, the series is set in Los Angeles and follows the ladies as they navigate love, life, and all else in between.

This final chapter will give viewers a front seat to the penultimate fate of characters they’ve come to know and love over the last five years.

With season 5 underway, check out a sneak peek of episode 8 below…

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Porsha Williams is setting the record straight…so it seems.

Hot on the promotional trail for her memoir ‘The Pursuit of Porsha’ and new ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ spin-off show ‘Porsha’s Family Matters,’ the reality star sat down with Entertainment Tonight. 

During her candid chat with host Nischelle Turner, Williams was quizzed about her decision to depart RHOA after nine years.

She was more specifically probed about whether her shock engagement to Simon Guobadia and the firestorm it ignited (due to his marriage to her co-star Falynn Guobadia) was the cause.

See what Williams had to say below…

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A decade after Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga‘s first shared a microphone aboard his 2011 ‘Duets II’ album, the duo gave their last showing via the CBS concert special, ‘One Last Time.’

Aired on CBS on November 28, the live extravaganza – filmed in August across two sold-out shows at New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall – marked the 95-year-old Bennett’s farewell to performing amid a highly publicized battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

And if the ratings are anything to judge by, legions of both performers’ fans couldn’t wait to give the legendary act a proper send-off.

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Mýa extends her acting resume by taking center stage in the new Lifetime film, ‘My Favorite Christmas Melody,’ as part of the women’s network’s ‘It’s a Wonderful Lifetime’ holiday movie campaign.

Starring opposite Rainbow Sun Francks, the GRAMMY-winning R&B diva portrays a singer-songwriter who finds love amid her failing music career after a bigger artist steals her song.

Directed by Michael Kennedy, ‘Melody’ was produced by Champlain Media while Tom Berry and Suzanne Chapman lead the team of executive producers.

Ahead of its December 5 arrival, see the official teaser inside:

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The same day “Queen of Christmas” Mariah Carey reigned over Apple TV+ with the release of her new holiday special, ‘Mariah’s Christmas: the Magic Continues’ (click here to see the trailer), her perennial hit, ‘All I Want For Christmas,’ was crowned the 68th single in the history of recorded music to be certified Diamond!

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Due to triggering an unceremonious slamming from critics on social media and beyond for their 50-minute documentary, ‘Astroworld: Concert from Hell,’ Hulu has pulled the news special after just one day.

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